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Karystos, Evia, Greece

Sometimes a picture is better than words, especially when it's too hot to think. So here are some photos of our first week in Greece.

Karystos is a nice traditional town where foreign tourists are seldom found. Athenians, however, come for weekends and holidays as it's only a couple of hours away (including an hour's ferry ride). The town sits at the bottom of a large bay at the south end of the island of Evia. Our friends have had a house in the "old town" for about 15 years and frequently find signs of ancient Greek ruins. There are archeological digs nearby.

The view from our terrace.

Lunch time on the lower terrace. When we first saw this property it was mostly bare land with a few sapplings. Now it's a lush, verdant garden with flagstone terraces on three levels and shade everywhere, all surrounded by ancient dry-stone walls. Donkeys and their owners frequently pass on the path just beyond the wall.

We drove up Mt. Ochi a few days ago. It's the source of Karystos' water and the highest peak in south Evia. These are wild Oleanders seen on the way up.

Ray injured his knee a few weeks ago and was using one of John's canes to help him along (not to worry; he's slowly recovering.)

Mt. Ochi is mostly barren scrub and rock, but in one magical fold of the mountain a forest of wild Chestnut trees flourishes. Carolyn said they reminded her of something out of Tolkein, and we agreed.

Carolyn, me, and John admiring the trees.

Karystos goats, a unique breed.

Alas, Karystos suffers from rampant development--or at least someone would like it to. Even more roads crowd the opposite peninsula. Though no houses have yet been built, electricity, telephone and sewer are in place and waiting. Now all they need is water.