The Dominican monk Felix Faber, in a company of eight, woke up at the village of Santa Croce where they had spent the night:

On the 26th, the feast of the holy martyrs John and Paul, when we got up we begged the Greek before whose house we rested, to provide a good meal for us, for we intended to return from the mountain hungry. We mounted our beasts and went on having the holy mount before our eyes, and shuddering somewhat at its height. However, at its foot we came to a delightful valley, through the midst of which flowed a stream, clear sweet and sparkling; its course was full of beautiful flowers unknown to us and of fragrant shrubs. There were many trees full of carobs, which the vulgar call St John’s bread.