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 …

Postcard from Ouranoupolis a Greek fishing village

The traditional Greek fishing village of Ouranoupolis in Halkidiki is the gateway to Mount Athos. Pilgrims congregate here collecting long arranged visas and waiting for the ferry to the peninsula. If travelling during the holy week of Easter a stop at one of the restaurants for a ‘last meal’ before fasting on “The Holy Mountain” has become a tradition too. …

Postcard from the backstreets of Arnaia, Greece

The village of Arnaia in the Macedonian region of Mount  Athos in Greece is appears to be as a traditional Greek village might be envisaged. Attractive and colourful houses line the main street and the little nooks and crannies of the town. Pastel blues and deep terracotta hues can be discovered without too much searching. Narrow streets, with little or …