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...

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....

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...

Leaving the wardrobe

… back in Thessaloniki L ike the land of Narnia, visitors to Mount Athos can spend a lifetime in the forests, castles and monasteries but back in the other world it only counts as moments or days. I’ve been to a timeless land that draws the wounded and...

The technological umbilical cord

… slowing down T his afternoon I arrived in Ouranoupoli, the gateway to Mount Athos, and have fallen into a communications black hole. Seems there’s only one internet cafe in town and to get onto its only computer you have to wait until the local guy...