CHRIST IS RISEN!
Now that we've come to the Renewal Week, it's time to catch up on some blogging.
On Lazarus Saturday afternoon, we drove about an hour southwest to the village of Litochoro, which is ideally located at the base of Mount Olympus, near the Aegean Sea. For this reason, it is a popular place for people to have summer homes.
The weather really became spring like just before Lazarus Saturday, with highs around 70, so we relished the opportunity to go out there for the afternoon when our friends Justin and Kalliopi (and her family) invited us there for lunch.
Above, you can see a photo of the center of the village, with a church dedicated to St. Nicholas opposite. Below is the restaurant we ate at, directly across the square from the church.
Here are Kalliopi's parents, Dimitris and Chrysoula, with Phoebe. One of their grandsons, Alexis, is sleeping in grandma's lap.
Here, Kalliopi's younger sister, Yulie, is holding Benjamin. Yulie is a school teacher currently assigned to a school on the island of Mytilene (Lesbos).
After lunch, Chrysoula suggested that we go venerate a chapel in the woods nearby. So we got back in the car (above you can see the boys in their seats) and headed up the mountains a little bit to visit a small church dedicated to St. John the Theologian.
We parked and then walked up a small path through nature to get to this small church. Here are Pres. Pelagia and the babies, we as well as Kalliopi and her son Michael, outside the church.
The inside of the church.
Kalliopi holding Paul.
Walking back down the path to the cars.
We then went to Kalliopi's parents' small summer house for a coffee before heading back to Thessaloniki. Here the babies are all gathered around the table at their house.
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