The monastery opens their gates briefly in the morning to let out departing visitors, so we and the other pilgrims exited the interior of the monastery around 9 am. Most of the others waited until the bus came by around 10:45 to take everyone down to the
First, we explored the grounds of the monastery a little, and found what looked to be the most recent burial place for departed monks, including a little building which stores their remains.
The first photo is of the exterior of the monastery, with some of their gardens to the left.
The second photo is of the sea and the
The third photo is of Fr Joseph in the cemetery, which also overlooks the sea and Dafni.
The fourth photo is of Fr Joseph exploring the building which houses the monks’ remains.
After that, we set off toward Dafni, which was about a 40-minute hike along what appeared to be an old narrow donkey path.
Once in Dafni, we waited for our boat back to the world. All my photos from the trip can be viewed here.
I should add that, while we were on the
When we returned to Panorama on Wednesday evening, Fr Joseph had only about an hour before the three of them left for
As a side note, on Wednesday evening we also had a very small earthquake here around 8 or 9 pm. Apparently it measured 4.3 and was centered somewhere near
Meanwhile, I’m trying to do some translation work while they are away. On Wednesday, we all will go to