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Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora October 17th 2013

October 17, 2013 After long debates as to where we should go and what we should see when we got to Greece, we ultimately went with recommendations from a couple of friends that used to live there and added Meteora to our itinerary...decided to do an organized tour due to our time constraints, so headed out early in the morning with an overnight excursion that would include Delphi, Thermopylae, overnight in Kalambaka and then visit a couple of the monasteries of Meteora in the morning...okay! Hooked up with the tour and headed out of town, first stop Delphi...considered to be the navel of the Earth by the ancient Greeks and home of the oracles, it is a beautiful site perched on the side of Mt. Parnassos...fantastic spot, spent some time with the guide from our tour ... read more
View from Ancient Delphi...
This is Sparta!
Painting...

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora September 16th 2013

Perama to Meteora - Day 9 Monday 16th September The alarm woke me up at 7.30 but I refused to believe it was this time as it was dark and foggy, yes I said foggy, outside. So foggy, I couldn't see the huge looking mountains that I knew were directly behind our hotel. So I went back to bed and then heard an all too familiar sound that I also refused to believe - rain! And a lot of it. We set off to the Perama caves, and unlike most major tourist sites we have visited, they had a massive sign pointing to where they are. In fact the sign stretches over the street, with the words "Stop Cave". You can't miss it. There were three staff outside the cave who looked thoroughly miserable at our ... read more
Perama Caves
Perama
Metsovo

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora August 3rd 2013

Two months and eight countries later confusion is starting to set in - I'll thank someone in five different languages before finding the right one, my purse is full of change that is completely useless one day and fine the next. Shampoo has become body wash, clothes wash and ... oh yeah, shampoo :) I've learned that when you have access to a free loo you use it - wether you need to go or not! When you can't understand someone it always seems like they are yelling at you, but my miming skills are definitely improving. Brand new friends are instant best friends you feel like you've known for years - simply for the comfort. If it looks like chicken - it probably is. When meeting fellow Australians your use of profanity triples and you ... read more

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora July 2nd 2013

Meteora in central Greece on 30 June and 1 July 2013 sorry for sending 3 blogs today - this travelling business is a busy life and we so I end up with a back-log of blogs. We hope you are all well. This blog is the last for Greece - a beautiful and interesting country The Meteora Gardens Park was easy to find, driving from Delphi. It was well signed. The manager of the Park was really friendly and very helpful. The Park was a little run down and the manager said things were tough. The Park used to have a washing machine but they cannot afford to replace it. We could see that things were a little run down. We decided to have a meal at their restaurant as we had had a big day ... read more
Meteora central Greece (2)
Meteora central Greece (3)
Meteora central Greece (4)

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora May 31st 2013

The town of Delhpi is tucked around a corner on the mountainside and it was pointless waiting in bed to watch the sun stream in the hotel window as it was going to take a while to reach us.Down the valley though, the town of Kirra was sitting in full sun which encouraged us to get up and get the day underway. This morning we had another challenge while showering.We have got used to the hand held shower head(well as used to it as we are ever going to get)but this morning there was another surprise for us.Having got into the shower and getting ready to turn the shower on I suddenly realised that there was an open gap in the sliding shower door as one of the doors was missing.It was just as well I ... read more
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
The Stadium,Delphi

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Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora May 12th 2013

So here I am, on a bus heading from Greece to Turkey with Lindsay. Never thought this day would arrive when a year and a half ago we were dreaming up this adventure. My last blog, I had some rather large emotional few days and was feeling super low. Glad to say I'm over that slump and my passion and excitement for travel is back in full force!! I will say how awesome it is to travel with a friend! I love going alone and meeting new friends and putting myself out there, but there is something so great to be beside a friend who knows you and sharing the experiences. Also, while in Greece, I have hardly seen backpackers. So here is a tip, don't come here alone! Either you are old, on your honeymoon, ... read more

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora July 1st 2012

Wow! Today marks one month of travel. It's funny, though, once you get going you don't really think about time, and travelling becomes second nature. That being said, I only have 20 or so days left. I need to make the most of them. I feel like I definitely did that today. I caught a taxi over to the neighboring town of Kalambaka, which is larger by far than Kastraki, and has the bus and train depots, and more hotels, etc. But you don't really go here for the town. You go here for the great hiking trail that winds up through the rocks to the last two major monasteries at Meteora: Holy Trinity and St. Stephen. For me at least, this was far more intense than yesterday, and I thought at one point the trail ... read more
Kalambaka from Monopatia
Holy Trinity (Triada)
Scary Hook

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora June 30th 2012

Set off in the morning for the long hike around the monasteries. What makes this worth not having a car is the fact that you can follow the monopatia, or the monk's paths that wind through the forest. These were once secretive routes that connect all of the major monasteries, and, as the name implies, were followed by the monks. Meteora is a series of monasteries that these monks built on the very tops of giant rocks in order to escape the large-scale bloodshed that was happening when Byzantine Greece was collapsing in the 14th century. Hermit monks had already been living in caves in this area long before then. So coming to Meteora you have to be prepared to do some serious hiking; that is, if you want to use the monopatia. Most people just ... read more
Impressive Rocks
View to Kastraki
St. Nicholas Church-Bell

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora June 29th 2012

Another wild and slightly insane day of travel. The only bus I took today was in the morning, and of course it was late. There's a saying in Greece that to show up on time is "to act English." So when a bus says it'll be at a certain place at 9, it really means 9:15. But the drive out of Delphi was beautiful. Went through a genuine Greek ski town, Arahova, right on the slopes of Mt. Parnassos. Thought I was back in Colorado for a second. Then finally made my way down to Levadia, and caught a taxi to the train station from there. A quick word about the train in Greece. I loved it because I was done with the bus, but the stations are dilapidated, worn out looking places on the edges ... read more
Paleofalsos train station
Paleofalsos
Where am I?

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora July 28th 2011

I have got one word to describe Meteora-Fantastic! Before the trip to Greece we hadn’t heard of Meteora, the Acropolis, yes, Olympia, Santorini certainly. It wasn’t though until we started researching, that Meteora kept cropping up in the tourist guide and in the top 5 places to visit in Greece. These are a group of magnificent 14th century monasteries perched on top enormous rock formations, and are still used today. One of these Agia Trias was used in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Originally the only way for monks to get to them is by rope ladder, these days there are steps. Some of the larger more accessible monasteries attract many tour coaches. At one called Metamorphosis which had a single approach road with a steep drop one side. There was just about ... read more
Meteora
Meteora
Meteora




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