We drove south yesterday to revisit the area where our dear friend Jehane and Molly used to live. Enroute we stopped at St. George Valsimitis Monastery which is home to an ordained Greek Orthodox nun. She greeted us, invited us inside and explained some of the history.
This fresco dates back to the 1700's
The waters at St. George Valsimitis have provided prophecies
to be read by Oracles over the centuries. Bits of flotsam and jetsam
floating in the waters have created interesting readings!
After viewing the chapel we were invited into a sitting room to enjoy glasses of semeni raki and candied, syruped figs. The nun, an artist, had many of her paintings on display in this room.
One of her icon paintings sits above a piece of remaining fresco.
In Kolofana we found Jehane and Molly's little house, now occupied by strangers. Sophie's Cafe sat empty, just her father sitting outside, watching the clouds roll by overhead.
On the beach at Kato Maria there were the usual droppings from goats who had wandered through. Fishing boats bobbed in the small bay but no one else was in sight. The wind howled!!
We thoroughly enjoyed a light lunch at Marouso in Arkesini. Georgia, a young woman who helped Jehane & Molly during their last three years on Amorgos, was our server. She greeted us with smiles, remembering past visits.
In the evening we were happy to share a quiet, simple dinner with Kalliroi and her friend Demetra at the local cafenion. There have been more than enough group dinners in the past two weeks!
Have I mentioned that the wind continues to howl??...and it was a cold wind last night...had to wear my winter pants that I brought along for the month of November!!!!