Two news items from our Greek fellow blogger (the Keliotes-site):
First of all: Father Epifanios from Mylopotamos decided to translate his famous cookbook into English and Russian.
The English version will be published within a few days, the Russain will follow later on.
Secondly: On thursday the 1st of July mr Joeri Louskof, the mayor of Moscow, and mr Mouratov, a member of the Russian gouvernment, decided in a meeting with an Athos delegation and the Patriarch of Moscow Cyril to renovate the Old Roussikon, the Palio Monastirion, that we visited last year (picture: see plan below the building on the right).
That is good news, because the buildings are in a deplorable state, although this church below is not in a bad condition(see plan below, the middle building).
On the other hand the news of a coming renovation gives me mií feelings, because the old and deserted buildings on Athos also give a special sence of time and that all things are transient.
Wim Voogd, 5/7