Postcard from Greece; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

It seems that choosing a suitable image for this photography series is getting increasingly difficult with each destination. The choice of a picture to represent Greece has been the toughest so far. Eventually this image from Mount Athos seemed most appropriate, the religious peninsula which is home to hundreds of Byzantine monks and a place where women aren’t even allowed …

Postcard from Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki

Getting a clear view of the sprawling metropolis of Greece’s second city Thessaloniki is not an easy task. Most views whilst not actually obscured are spoilt by numerous cables and television antennas which are difficult to ignore or avoid. This view from high above the city is probably one of the best. It is only a section of the city …

Postcard from an Ammouliani bay in bloom, Greece

Ammouliani is a small island in Halkidiki, Greece. It is reached by regular ferries from the nearby fishing village of Ouranoupolis. The small town is typical of many in Greece with restaurants, shops and several hotels, there were few tourists mingling with the locals in the taverns. It still feels unspoilt though possibly a little different in the height of …

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 …

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 …