Category Archives: border

1836 – Ouranoupolis in the rain

                 When arriving at Makedonia airport in september 2015 it was raining very hard. Water flowed through the streets of Thessaloniki. But we safely reached the busstation by taxi and took the bus to Ouranoupolis, the town in Chalkidiki were … Continue reading

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1793 – BBC televsion 14/2/16: Simon Reeve visits Athos/Esfigmenou illegaly

Although it was announced that Simon Reeve would show his journey to the Peloponnese tonight, but to my surprize he ended up in the North of Greece, where he filmed his visit to the Holy Mountain. First he takes the … Continue reading

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1665 – Strictly forbidden for women, female animals and vehicles.

Photo of the border gate by Dutch writer Gerard Koolschijn taken in the 1970ties. In his novel  “Geen Sterveling weet” he writes about his walk to the border: Voordat de nacht viel, slenterde ik langs de branding naar de heilige … Continue reading

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1465 – Skites hotel and bungalows

When in Ouranoupolis don’t skip the Skites hotel and bungalows. You can’t miss it when walking to the Mt. Athos border 850 meters from the town. It is perfect place to stay or to eat and drink because totally different … Continue reading

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1457 – the Athos border at Komitsa beach

Most pilgrims know the Athos border near Ouranopolis, that is situated some 3 km from this little town. Here are two pictures from the border taken last month:                         … Continue reading

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1456 – along the Athos border

The day before we started our 2013 Athos pilgrimage I had the opportunity to rent a bike in Ouranopoli (one morning only € 5,00, a whole day € 12). With the help of an App I could track the route … Continue reading

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1451 – Athos border at Komitsa

Tomorrow we will visit Athos again. Here are some pictures of the border at the other side of the peninsula, at the beach of Komitsa. The empty Athos-beach with Cape Arapis in the background. Wim, 22/9

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