Mount Athos (2011)
View of Mt. Athos from the Xenofontos monastery in the evening
View of Mt. Athos from water
View of Mt. Athos from the boat
Segals, with the last "civic" port of Ouranopolis staying behind
Children at Xenofontos monastery
From the boat going home
One of the last small monasteries, going home
Courtyard in Doheariu monastery
View of Grigoriu monastery. It looks so nice, but by that moment I was completely wet,
walking there with my backpack in the heat
Grigoriu in the evening
The famous grapevine of the Serbian Hilandar monastery. It has been growing for 800 years from
under the church, more precisely from under the tomb of St. Simeon, who before becoming a monk was the king Stefan Nemanja, founder of the Serbian medieval state and of
its ruling dynasty. This one grapevine gives grapes of four different sorts.
Vineyards in Hilandar. Hilandar monastery makes a lot of wine. In fact, since
the monastry recently
had a horrible fire, they need to rebuild a lot. So they need money, and they begin to export their wine even to the States.
Conversation with Elder Vasileos at Iveron (at far window on the right). Unfortunately most
of it was in Greek, so it
was difficult to pay attention...
Trapeznaya at Iveron
Typical Athonite trail through a typical Athonite olive grove. I am walking from
Xenofontos to Doheariu
Many monasteries have their own little ports
Another port. Towers were usually built against pirates
Simonopetra is one of the most amazing monasteries on the Holy mountain. For
starters, it is build on a sheer rock, high over the sea. These balconies are truly scary...
View from balcony down, it IS scary... And the fall will be long...
Simonopetra in the evening with Mt. Athos on the backgound---you can spot those
In the Simonopetra library. The guide is an American monk and a former Harvard
Professor... he was in that NBC 60 minutes film
Simonopetra high up, and its port by the sea. I had to climb up there with a
backpack! Right below the monastery you can spot some terraces---this is their garden. They grow everything. Especially tasty are tomatos, and olives everywhere on
Mt. Athos are just fantastic. And also bread. All monastreries have different bread. In Hilandar I could not break a peace of freshly made bread with my two
hands, very chewy and very tasty. Their recipies probably did not change in a thousand years. They also catch a lot of fish, octopus, etc. Octopus everywhere in
Greece is amazingly done, really tender and very tasty!
Another view of Simonopetra, yeah, that climb under the sun was something...
I am making serious progress, reached the gardens!
Inside the monastery
Evening. Mt. Athos evenings are unforgettable
No, I am not scared, really
Trapeznaya at Simonopetra
Another view from Simonopetra
The Russian monastery St. Panteleimon
Garden at Vatopediu
Vatopediu monastery is one of the largest
Outside the gates of Vatopediu
Balconies at Xenofontos monastery in the evening
My bed at Xenofontos is actually in one of those balconies, it "hangs in the air"
Courtyard at Xenofontos
Xenofontos and crab net
Xenofonstos in the evening
From a balcony at Xenofontos
Gardens of Xenofontos are right by the sea
The church at Xenofontos
Scene by the sea
Last evening on Mt. Athos, Xenofontos monastery
Leaving by boat
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