Saturday, June 8, 2024 (on the 2nd Saturday)

Speaking on Saturday, June 8, 2024 (on the 2nd Saturday) we have :

1st: Joe Sheffer – The Road to Oxiana.

2nd: Mary Fogarty – Northern Greece and Macedonia: in search of family roots

A trip last September taking my Australian ‘ex’ to discover his Macedonian roots in northern Greece. From Thessaloniki, we took the bus up to Florina, near the border with Macedonia, where we hired a car and visited the villages where his parents, grandparents, and ancestors were all born, everyone still speaking Macedonian despite being in Greece.

Driving on into Macedonia (‘ignoring bear warnings and the car hire’s disapproval), we visited Bitola and stayed by the beautiful Lake Ohrid, where I could have passed days on end – but no, we had to return to the village for a Greek wedding, which went on all day, finishing up in a ginormous, Las Vegas-style ‘wedding reception hall’: here, 850 guests watched displays of fireworks and endless Greek/Macedonian dancing, and I died of boredom and drank copious amounts of retsina and Coke, which was the ‘go to’ drink of the evening.

After all this drama, it was a journey down the backbone of Greece to Athens – a six-hour bus journey as the train line was flooded. Victor was knocked out by the ancient Greek architecture in Athens and we met a famous film director. Finally, a ferry took us to the idyllic island of Hydra, where mules have replaced cars, and the sea was the deepest blue …

Date & Time: Saturday 8th June 2024

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