Vai features the largest natural palm forest in Europe made up of Cretan palm. Palms starts on a valley and ends to the beach, 20 hectars of palms. Wonderful place in this time of year!
I feel like beeing in a Moroccon oasis
kiss kiss kiss!
Toplou monastery was founded around in the mid 15th century, but it has been many times deserted. In 16th century it destroyed by an earthquake and all the monks were slaughtered by the Turks in 1821. During the German occupation of 1941-44, Toplou was providing shelter to resistence fighters and housed their wireless radio. When this was discovered by the Germans, the abbot and two monks were tortured and executed. Its history is turbulent but now the monks are having their peace. Toplou has many works of art to its possession and it hosts an interesting exhibition of Byzantine icons, books and other kind of documents.
It was forbidden to take photos inside of the monastery, so these are only I can offer to you, photos from the outside, you need to go to visit yourself :).
Little chapel outside of the monastery
The male dog came out of the monastery to greet my doggy.