Hosios Loukas, Livadeia and Piraeus July 1968 :)

My mum found her Great-Grandmas travel diaries a while ago and I have been typing them up for her to read and thought I would put them on here as well- If you want a little bit more background read part one  here 🙂

Hosios Loukas

This is the monastery of St Luke, built in the country, in a lived and rugged region, reached by a winding dusty road, miles away from anywhere. It contains the most beautiful mosaics in the whole of Greece, all are found in its church. The Church is Byzantine and its whole structure is supported by three underground catacombs, there is only one exceptionally narrow entrance down to the interior. Practically every conceivable space round the walls are covered by mosaics. Only a handful of monks, 19 in all, now live at the monastery, no now novices come, and in time the monastery will be left without its monks to care for it. St Luke was a holy man, who had the gift of prophecy, and he for-told the outcome of the Battle of Marathon: a century later he was commiserated and the church and the monastery were built and named after him in his memory. 


This is the, supposedly, place of Lethe, water of forgetfulness; around the town and cotton fields and wheat plantations; the landscape is dotted with a low-growing shrub, in great numbers which give the appearance of stones scattered over the land. Nearby is Mount Parnassus, its lone heights reaching up 8000 ft, it reveals tints of colour in the rocks and is clumped with dwarf myrthe; the valley below is a great floor of shining olive trees. 


This is the port of Athena, full of fishing kayaks; the harbour contains the large vessels; ferrying between the various and numerous islands. The port is linked to Athens by river after mile of great sprawling buildings; this area holds 2000000 Greeks, a quarter of the entire population of the country.

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to either of these places and or if you have been to Greece what your favourite place was you visited 🙂


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