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 …

Postcard from a monk chef on Mount Athos, Greece

Father Epiphanios is the author of the book “The Cuisine of the Holy Mountain Athos” which promotes the healthy, stress-free’ lifestyle and cuisine of the monks on Mount Athos, Greece. Mixing fresh, organic ingredients and slow cooking them over a wood burning fire produces tempting aromas that can have you salivating long before sitting down to eat. There is not …

Postcard from Mount Athos, A friendly monastery

Mount Athos, Greece has many monasteries, but spending a few days at the Mylopotamos ‘cell’ with Father Epiphanios is special. This is one of the small individual cells which have just two monks living there. There are a number of twin rooms for guests and whilst the setting is superb it is the hospitality which sets it apart. Welcoming pilgrims …

Benedictine Kloster, Engelberg – A Monk’s Life

It is easy to become blasé visiting an attraction of the kind which has previously been visited on numerous occasions. Visiting the Kloster in Swiss Engelberg, having stayed in a few monasteries and  visited more already this charge could have justifiably been aimed at me. Less than five minutes after meeting our guide it was obvious this was going to …