This is the “Blessing of the Water” tradition that takes place annually on January 6th in. The priest throws a cross into the water, thus blessing it.
People of the village jump in the cold water and compete to retrieve the cross. The one who finds the cross will have good luck and heath for the entire year.
Mike and Denis Rioux along the coast of Monovasia in Lakonía.
The fortress in Monovasia, where Italy invaded Greece. A medieval castle is location on top of the rocks. It is 300 meters tall.
The ancient city of Monovasia, meaning “single entrance”. This means that there is only one way to get on to this peninsula.
Denis and Mike on the very top of the fort with its monastery in the background.
Fresh octopus in Gythio.
Gythio, a fisherman’s village on the coast of Lakonía. Our olive groves are located about a ½ of mile from here.
Rocky mountainside in Lakonía.
Eastern coast of the Peloponnese.
Theater of Herod Atticus, right next to the Acropolis.
Theater of Herod Atticus.
Denis and Michael in front of the Parthenon, on the Acropolis.
This is the porch of the maidens or the Caryatids as some people call them. They are holding up the roof on their heads.
Left over ruins.
Mother and daughter enjoying ouzo and octopus.
Island of Kranai, connected to Gythio. Paris and Helen of Troy spent their first night together here after he abducted her from the King.