After a short visit to Karyes (see 1641) and the bakery we continued our trip to Filotheou. Unfortunately my Nikon GPS camera had some problems, so I do have many pictures from the first part of this hike, which was 9,44 km long and took us almost 2.45 h.
The route took us over beautiful monopati’s, starting at Koutloumousiou, but part of it was also over dirt roads.
The start of the monopati near the gate of Koutloumousiou (with FoMa signs)
This is how the monopati was drawn by Zwerger in 1980.
The route took us close to Skiti Iviron, a place that wanted to visit, but it too far to take a quick detour.
At spot nr 1 on the map below we saw this deserted house
Photo nr 2 is athe spot where a road leads to two kelli: Ag. Antoniou and Ag. Archaggelon.
At spot nr 3 we leave the dirt road again and resume our trip over the monopati to Filotheou:
After a while you again reach a dirt road and at photo nr 4 take the left road going down.
And at spot nr 5 the monopati shows up again, leading all the way Filotheou: this turn is not far from the large Russiankelli Onoufriou that I visited later (see 1627 and on).
Not far from Filotheou old walls along the path are to be seen (spot 6), and at spot nr 7 the monastery is in sight:
Here part of the forrest is cut down and big trees are hewn down……(spot 8)
Here the beautiful valley is in use as a waste site by Filotheou!!? (spot 9). It is a shame ruining the landscape like this.Then we passed this fine but shaky bridge over the river (nr 10) With this plaquette in the middle from 1983 in Greek (photo 10, 11, 12)::
Looking back at the deforested area (13)
A new sign of the monopati leading back to Karyes: on the background the kellion Onoufrios (photo 14).
Behind this large tree you can find the monopati, with old signs pointing in the right (?) direction (photo 15 and 16).
At the gate of Filotheou: in the background between the two houses is the large tree where the monopati to Karyes starts.
Next time a few pictures from Filotheou.