Between Karakalou and Lakkou Skiti lies the area called Provata. It is a settlement of a few larger kellions, f.e. Panaghia, St. George and St Andreou, witch were founded by mainly Slavic monks. The settlemnet we visited is one of the largest houses and it also bears the name Provata (?), like the surroundings, whilst the Rumenians call it Cucuvino.
Here is Provata on a part of my Road Map, with the ‘new’ monopati I discovered in September last year (blue pen). The monopati or road from Lakkou to Morfonou is not drawn, but I know it is there. The Amalfi tower is mistakenly drawn landinwards: in reality is not far from Morfonou beach.
We recieved a warm welcome by a friendly pilgrim from Moldavia, who explained that Provata is inhabited by Moldavian monks. Allthough Moldavia used to be part of a large Rumenian empire, nowadys it an independant state. That means Athos had another group of monks within its bounderies, besides the Greek, Russian, Ukranian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Rumenian monks.
The gardens with fruit trees and vines (looking towards Morfonou)A few mintes later we had a lovely meal, with salted fish (sardines), a special baked yellow corn bread and the best (Moldavian) wine I ever drank on Athos.The backside of the Provata residence with a large balcony behind the treesThe balcony with our friendly host, with a telescope.
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