A.M. Arrival at Piraeus. On National Highway to Kozani. Overnight-- Hotel Hermionion, Kozani, Greece.
1 hr. to get through Athens. 2 lanes--good highway separated with plants a long way. Evergreens, sheep, mountains. Pottery plants (some plain red clay, other bright red & blue). Donkeys loaded with hay.
Fields well cared for. People hoeing out weeds.
Toll road. Plants along banks at side of road. Big grackle-like birds in fields. Soil getting better as we go north--color of cocoa. Large tobacco fields. Dry on low frames as we do. Bee hives--blue. Drove along Evoikos Gulf. Mts. are barren, rocky, thyme growing. Bee hives in center of thyme growth. Cows & horses feeding in harvested grain fields. Irrigation systems. Concrete half-pipes size of wash tubs where ditches not dug. Straw shacks in mts. for shepherds & goats.
Flock of black goats, small fields of corn.
Swallows, black with yellow breast. Cattails in small swamp. Cotton fields, new Shell station going up. Gypsies camped under trees--3 wagons--sides colored with designs (looked like ceramics).
Saw the pass where Leonidas & his men fought Persians to death to keep them out of Greece.
Dry river beds. Statue to memory of Theopolis. Alex. the Great had a farm home here. Men tending mixed herds of horses & cows--water buffalo looking cows. No fences. Vast wheat fields. Young turkeys, geese, Mt. Olympus, many magpies. Sea of olives.
Mt. roads! Stalled on a 10% incline. Truck driver siphoned gas & helped us on. Claire asked for American cigarettes. Dr. Hardy gave a pkg. Claire gave to truck driver.
At Kozani. true Greek hotel, spiral stairs, 1 private bath. Roast lamb for supper served with limes, eggplant, fried potatoes, cucs, tomatoes, nectarines & peaches. Streets filled with people--election going on. Playing Stars & Stripes Forever on loud speaker. Speaker on till 11:00. Hard, hard pillow.