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... Today we toured the town, including its small Byzantine Museum and the Genoese Kastro (fort), with its thick walls, narrow streets, and lovingly restored hammam. On the way to get the car, Dan walked through a camp of about a thousand refugees from Syria and Afghanistan and donated to an American charity that's helping the UNHCR to house and feed them. Then we drove around the beautiful citrus growing area of Kambos, south of town.
Off to Lindos (via Athens) tomorrow.
... ravaged by the Turks. The first has remained a ghost town, but the second is being revived as a weekend and holiday getaway with lovely little houses and breathtaking sea views. On the way back to Mesta, we had tea in the charming mastic village of Vessa and a great seaside fish dinner in Limenas. ...
Yesterday we drove to Mesta, in southwestern Chios, our base for exploring the mastihohoria or mastic villages. These walled, fortified towns were the center of the mastic trade, which flourished on Chios from the 16th century to the end of Turkish rule. (Mastic was used to make chewing gum, flavorings, medicine, and fixatives.) Mesta is dark but beautiful. Pyrgi, which we visited today, is a work of art - full of black and white houses decorated in the Genoese sgraffito style. ...
... d traitorously collaborated with the Persians.
Today we headed inland to the Mastic Villages (more on them later), with a stop in Cambos, a wealthy rural area just south of Chios Town. We hoped to see the former home of the Zygomalas, a Greek merchant family of Genoese origin. Mary's great-aunt Hilda North had married into the British branch of the family in the ...
... Bev our Australian hostess provided me with cold & flu tablets which were very helpful. So I rested whilst the group toured some of Chios and visited a citrus farm, of which the latter wasn't so very interesting.
Lunch on the ship, and about noon we set sail for Mykonos.