On their last day, again at the crack of dawn, Andrea, Jiri and myself visited another of the Skopelos islands treasures: Ag. Taxiarchis.
This small chapel has always been important to the community of Skopelos. The picturesque and difficult to reach monastery is shielded from vision by the mountainous terrain. It stands in isolation, surrounded by many fresh water springs in pristine nature on the downslope of the Palouki mountain, high up above Velanio beach. The whole terrain faces the open Aegean with a chain of islands forming the Marine Park For me this vista and setting amount to eternity!
For the keen walkers, paths in use have been joined into a continuous walk all the way from Skopelos harbour. I have completed the two hour walk many times, but nowadays prefer and easier route, which is to drive along the bad and stony dirt track to what was animal shelter, park the car there and make my way down the slope.
As uever on Skopelos, there is a hearsay legend relating to Ag.Taxiarchis, that during WW2 New Zealand soldiers parachuted down, were hidden there by the islanders, to be sailed to the shores of Asia Minor.
Beautiful Skopelos Town seen from across the Bay en route to Ag Taxiarchis
Down the path to Ag Taxiarchis
The shrine is beautiful, but the spirng more interesting!
Andrea and Jiri ake in the view to eternity at Ag Taxiarchis