Papou Nick, Mommy Eleni and Amalia waited outside the church.
After the church service, the icon of the Prophet Elias was paraded through the village, with people joining the parade as it passed their houses. Father Prokopi carried the Bible.
The next day Papou Nick introduced Amalia to the courtyard of the Inn of Lia.
The courtyard was abuzz with news: two Albanian convicts, who had broken out of a Greek jail months ago, and were presumed to be heading toward Albania where they could not be extradited, had encountered the Greek police at 4:30 this morning in a gun battle in the small town of Vrosina, just at the foot of the mountain road that leads to Lia, (where we stopped yesterday to get provisions) and one of the two was killed, while wounding a soldier, but the other one escaped. Now our village was crawling with police, stopping every car to look for the fugitive. The road over the Kalamas River that divided our mountains from the rest of Greece was being periodically closed and opened.
Amalia distracted herself from the excitement by discovering the spring in the Inn's courtyard.
Where she spent the afternoon floating flower "boats" over the edge into the deep blue sea, with the help of "Yiayia Eleni".
Nick chose to keep calm and carry on by playing tavli.
While Yiayia Joanie and Amalia put on our sunglasses and drew pictures on the tablecloth.
Later, when Mommy Eleni took Amalia to the nearby playground, it was full of police holding rifles and stopping every car up the road into the village.