Peplos visits the Final Frontier…

…oh, yes! This is pretty much the closest view a girl can get of Mount Athos (also known as the Holy Mount) and its holy monasteries! Mount Athos is one of the three peninsulas of Chalkidiki, Northern Greece. Over 20 amazing Byzantine monasteries are located there, and visiting them – or to be more precise, viewing them – is prohibited for women. The old law of Avaton says that Mount Athos is off limits to women; we can only view the monasteries from a boat and only when that boat is 1 km away from the shore. mouth-athos-2 I tried to obey, I really did, but eventually took our kaiki 500 metres closer, where I had the immense pleasure of taking a good look at the incredible and intriguing architecture of the old monasteries. Like small cities and castles that have been hiding there for centuries, looking at them is emotional to say the least, when you think of the history that hangs on those walls and the faith that keeps them standing. mouth-athos-4 mouth-athos-5 My misdemeanor didn’t last very long as the local marine spotted us and briskly sent us away. So, on we went but not without good company, as a school of dolphins escorted us on our journey, bringing an unexpected dose of joy to the glorious day. mouth-athos-6 mouth-athos-7

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