I had it all planned: before arriving at our final destination Pantocratros that day, I wanted to visit Kaliagra, the harbour of Koutloumousiou, where long before Ouranopolis even excisted, all Athos-pilgrims used to arrive. As I told in post 1200 we were lucky to get a free ride from Simonospetras to Dafni, and soon after we could take the regular bus to Karyes.
From Karyes we took a taxi to Iviron, and I thought of leaving the car just before arriving at Iviron, so we could walk the beautiful path along the sea towards Kaliagra and Stavronikita. Because of a misunderstanding (I do not speak Greek!), we were dropped from the car one junction to early, and only after a while we realized that we took the wrong way. Knowing that there was no way back and time was running out that afternoon, we decided to continue our hike on the road that led us directly to Stavronikita.
The monastery is situated in the surroundings of the antique town Olophyxus and you can find remnants of ancient Greek buildings.
At that moment I had to make a choise: either go directly to Pantocratoros, or leaving my fellow pilgrim Peter for a while in Stavronikita and take a hike to Kaliagra, which was within reach, I only had to walk another 20 minutes. I choose to go to Kaliagra, because I realized it might take years before I would have the opportunity to visit this place again, although I was already getting tired of walking all day.
In 4 posts, published in November 2009 and beginning at nr 929, I already gave you a preview of this interesting place Kaliagra. Next time I will show you some of the highlights of this visit (to keep the chronology).