visit to Holy Trinity Monastery

Today I went with my sister, brother-in-law and nephew to the Holy Trinity Monastery in Smith Creek.

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This is the monastery.

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In the church.

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The bells.

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I wish I could live in a house like this…

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but without being a monastic.

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We stayed for lunch, this is the dining area. While we were in the sitting room, my 2-year-old nephew impatiently asked, “When are the monks going to bring us food?”

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Salad, vegetarian chili, Lenten shortbread cookie (koulouria), olives, bread & we think taramosalata, a carp roe dip (only my sister tried it, but she loved it).

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I had the cake on the right, with raisins and nuts in it. The other is a Lenten version of Kourabiethes, a Greek butter cookie with almonds, brushed with orange flower and rolled in confectioners sugar. The Fruit Delight candy is basically Turkish Delight with fruit or nuts in it, and made without gelatin.

I hope we can go back for a visit in the summer. Even though it’s supposed to be spring, on the way home we drove through sunshine, rain, hail, and snow – basically in that order, over and over again! But there’s a path with benches that goes around the monastery, beside the lake, and it would be lovely when it’s warm and the sun is out.

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