The book tells the story of his traveling in Turkey in the summers of 1853, 1861 and 1865. He also brings a visit to the Holy Mountain. Four chapters of his book deal with Athos. The author is a very enthusiastic narrator. He gives lively descriptions of the visit and the conversations with the monks. He travels with mules from Monastery to Monastery.
He is convinced of the natural beauty of the peninsula. He even gives descriptions of the plants and trees. The book is still very accessible to the modern reader. He is quite critical about the monks level of education. He writes: `In fact, the great proportion of the caloyers are of the class of peasants and artisans, and are wholly uneducated and ignorant. `
An interesting aspect is the ascent to the top of the mountain during the festival of the Transfiguration (6th of august). In the night he walks up and he is eyewitness of the festival on the top, where 60 monks celebrate.
There are two beautiful etchings in the book. One of Iviron and one of Simonos Petras.