Nothing quite like a few monks bearing crowbars and fire extinguishers to make things interesting on Mount Athos. Mount Athos has always been on my list of places to visit. A couple of summers ago I had the opportunity to meet Bishop Kallistos Ware while I was visiting England. While he serves in England, he is officially attached to one of the monasteries on Mount Athos -- recall that while the Orthodox Church has married priests, all of their bishops come from the monastic ranks. He, of course, had nothing but good things to say about his time(s) on Mount Athos; as I recall he said he gets there a couple of times a year.