Category Archives: walking

1952 – Discovering the old path to the Lavra harbour

The Lavra monastery has a very nice harbour, worthwhile to visit. Imagine, this was for centuries the place where all visits to the monastery began.  Untill the 1970ties there was only a long path for pilgrims and mules from Karyes … Continue reading

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1940 – the 2017 pilgrimage: arriving at Xenofontos and the hike to Roussikon

The 8th of May: the beginning of our 2017 pilgrimage (photo’s Jitze) The boat with pilgrims arrives at Docheiariou monasterya new chapel near DocheiariouThe boat from Ouranopolis arriving at the large jetty of XenofontosNear the pier: a new house for workers … Continue reading

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1939 – The Way of the Bey, second day, thirth leg.

We had an intensive interaction with animals on the Way of the Bey. The only human encounter on the long Way of the Bey, about 20 kilometers, was the surprise meeting with a group of Mount Athos Friends (FOMA) who … Continue reading

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1938 – The Way of the Beast, second day, first leg.

  It is called the Way of the Bey. The monopati from Chilandariou or from Esfigmenou to Karyes and further. The monopati leads over the hilly ridge. We had plenty of meetings with the Athonian fauna, that special day in … Continue reading

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1933 – video: a Dutch vlogger climbing Mount Athos

A Dutch hair stylist and vlogger from Rotterdam climbed to the top of the mountain last July. He made a funny ego-video of his hike, with the use of a drone! Wim Voogd (thanks Vasílis)

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1931 – In the Athonian desert, first day, part four

As Boris predicted, there was a sign guiding us to Chilandariou. A bit later than expected. But still there was a sign. Here with pilgrim Jaap who is preparing his walking sticks. Due to the devasting fire the landscape had … Continue reading

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1923 – Friends of Mount Athos (FoMA) clearing the footpaths

The Friends of Mount Athos are committed to the ongoing project of clearing, restoring and maintaining the old Athonite footpaths, many of them stone-paved (kaldirimi) tracks for transporting goods by mule and dating from late Byzantine times. The project was … Continue reading

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