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... pride. A shoemaker’s tools stood alongside a yarn weaver next to a 1620 icon of the Virgin Mary next to church books from 1790 next to an 1835 chalice next to an undated stone field marker next to pistols & rifles used to fight the Ottomans. No rhyme or reason but wonderful.
We then proceeded to their public library. Rather, it’s a collection of donated books: an outdated set of Britannica encyclopedia & ...
... unison, they could fix it. I have to blow into squeezed fists to warm my hands so I can fumble through my suitcase to locate those vestments and books needed to conduct services. Success! I’m packed and I begin my walk up to St. Demetrios. It’s quiet, very quiet - the silence is deafening.
Entering into the Narthex, I light a small bee-wax candle and gather my thoughts. A member of the parish counsel greets me and points to the photo of my ...
... well kept.
I stopped at one of these churches way out in the middle of nowhere and it was really beautifully kept and the artwork inside was fantastic.
Onwards I head and the road simply just keep getting better and better. The sandstone cliffs and cuttings were amassing.
This road is now so quiet that I am beginning to wonder if I am even on the correct road. On my map it shows as a main road but in all 80km or so I have passed less than 10 ...
... footbridge. The Panagias Porfiras Monastery at the farther end was closed by a chain, but Frances had no trouble getting in, while I hid in the weeds and then joined her inside. Not well preserved, but atmospheric and worth breaking into.
Heading on toward Psarades, the stand of ancient junipers at the top of the hill was worth a stop. Psarades was the only spot that managed to feel touristy, even without tourists. Several local gentlemen vied to take us onto ...
... a headache so bagged any alcohol which was not the end of the world. The LB tried to pour some wine for U/K with the top on. Favourite cities was the topic to conclude things. Dinner dragged on for more than two hours. Half of them, with nothing better to do, are still in the restaurant.
Ian had been able to get wifi but I've tried near reception to no avail. Will try in Greece tomorrow. Need an aspirin and a good night's sleep. Bagged out after 2130.