Jim and Karen's trip to Greece travel blog

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Lydia's baptismal spot

Jim walking the Via Egnatia

What a day we have had! We arrived at Philippi around 10:00 and thought we would have plenty of time to see all there was to see by 3:00. WRONG. Ancient Philippi is amazing. The workmanship so long ago is hard to imagine. Today was quite a touching day as we walked on the Via Egnatia where Paul once walked, saw where he was imprisoned, and touched the water where Lydia was baptized. While we were there a Catholic tour group arrived and several priests donned their robes , set up communion and began a service for the rest of the people on the tour. We left after a bit since we could not partake of the Communion. There is no way to put into words all that we experienced today. Ancient Philippi was a very large city. When the gates closed we went into the current town of Philippi. It is small but very clean. We had wonderful souvlaki at a small restaurant. Once we arrived back in Kavala we found a bench along the waterfront and watched the sea activity for awhile then explored more of old Kavala and did some shopping. We ended the evening with cheese and bread in our room again. It is now 11:00 and we still have to prepare to move on to Thessaloniki in the morning.

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