Category Archives: nature

2082 – Athos pilgrimage 2019: the hike from Prodromou to Kavsokalivia

Planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain is a necessity. Not only you’ll have make reservations for a place to sleep in a monastery or skete, you will also have book your trip by boat for Ouranopoli to Dafni and … Continue reading

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2071 – When nature takes over….

When we were walking in Kapsala we met a friendly man in the rain. He explained that it was not easy to find the correct road to Stavronikita. He went to get some water in a nearby house. When he … Continue reading

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2060 – Ferdinand Bauer, a botanical draftsman

Ferdinand Bauer, a German draftsman, was hired by John Sibthorpe for an expedition to Greece to collect organic specimens that later resulted in the publication of the famous botanical work Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana. Another member of the scientific party was … Continue reading

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2046 – Early spring in Mount Athos

When visiting the peninsula in April, as we did this year (2019), flowers and fresh green of blossoming plants are all around you. Slopes are turning purple due to this plant. Yellow broom and white daisies alongside the roads and … Continue reading

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2028 – arsanas Prodromou

In post 2018 I showed you the pictures from Athos made in the Second World War by German soldiers. The photo’s  triggered me, not only to find the German flak position somewhere above the hills of the Prodromou area, but … Continue reading

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2009 – Trees on the mountain slope between Chairi Pass and Stavros

In 2017 we walked around the mountain from Megistis Lavras monastery via Katounakia to Nea Skiti (not on this map by Peter Howorth but located between Sk. Anna and Paulou monastery). It took us the whole day, no roads only … Continue reading

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1992 – Flora Graeca: Cyclamen, Oleanders, Ferulas and Euphorbia

The pink flowers of the cyclamen like the shadow of the Mount Athos forests. The image above is from the book early 19th century botanical book Flora Graeca.  The oleander is often to be found in or around the monasteries. … Continue reading

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