Exploring stylish but quaint Agios Nikolaos, Crete

I have the unusual luxury of having plenty of time to explore the resort of Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, Greece. Many trips involve racing around often attempting to fit as much into the visit as possible, with very little leisuretime. They are often roadtrips stopping off at several cities or towns, fitting in walking tours, visiting museums …

All Monks are not Equal – Mount Athos, Greece

Meeting a person or visiting a destination that has a profound effect upon you is not a common occurrence. I was recently fortunate enough to experience both a place and individual that qualify. Mount Athos is possibly a life changing experience for many, pilgrims from all over Greece and even further afield make the spiritual journey to the ‘Holy Mountain.’ Whilst I …

Mount Athos, Greece – Holy weekend, abstinence and hospitality

I do not claim to be a spiritual person and probably the most profound thing discovered by my friend Ed and I during our visit to Agion Oros, the ‘Holy Mountain’ was that it is easier to give up women for a weekend than pockets! There is however something very special about the Greek monastic peninsula which protrudes proudly into …

Monastery at the end of a Greek rainbow

This intense rainbow was a special treat provided after sitting under a gazebo during two heavy rainstorms while visiting the Mylopotamos Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece. It almost appeared to be my reward for enduring the heavy rain. Immediately after the storms subsided the air seemed much clearer and alive, the rainbow was the ‘icing on the cake’. A little …