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 …

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 …

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 …