Out of the wardrobe

Mount Athos is the Christian Tibet, a place that time forgot. This finger of land in north eastern Greece is the other side of the wardrobe Lucy used to enter Narnia. Except here, no one named Lucy is allowed. For 1,000 years the Holy Mountain’s old growth forests and...

Let Greece go

A different view on Greek debt woes I nternationally known investor and author James Rogers says the melodrama over the Greek debt should stop and that bankruptcy isn’t the worst option. In fact, he muses that it might be the only way forward. And anyway, the...

First Athos media pack

… putting it all together O ne of the reasons for going to Mount Athos is to get story material for various media outlets. In the past that meant getting enough detail and colour to write a good print piece. Then it meant taking good photos to go with the copy....

On the road

… hurry up and wait I t’s been a few years since I last rattled around south eastern Europe and I’d forgotten how long it can take to get just about anywhere. Today’s stats: on the road for 13 hours… actual movement – 6 hours… waiting...

Athos | first look

Sunday to Friday S ix days with five nights in three monasteries and one skiti (a collection of individual houses that form a monastic community). Two reachable only by sea. The timeline above is where I slept. The images below are an initial – and random...