Text: Anna Kalatzi
Photos: Maria Lambriadou, Gerard Kramer
Against the weather again, with low temperatures and a strong north wind, we ventured out to hike trail 18 on Saturday, March 19.
After the usual introductory words by the hiking team, at 10.30am, about 20 persons from Andros, Athens, Germany and the Netherlands, began to descend from Vakoni to Chora through Aladinou, its bridge above rushing waters, Falika, the below the monastery of Panachrantos located Petria, its dry-stone buildings and its history reminding us of another era, and Vrachnou with its incredible view to the peninsula of the aristocratic Chora.
8 kilometers of hiking; after the first 2 kilometers, after passing Falika, the wind died down in the wisely constructed path…. There, you reflect on the skill and wisdom of the old artisans, who plotted the island’s routes to head from one village to another and from there to their farming areas and down to the capital Chora to trade their crops.
In a well-calculated way, they managed to tame the weather conditions in the trails and especially the north winds that plague the island.