Monks and their Mountains


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November 13th 2006
Published: November 15th 2006
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We took the train from Athens to Kalambaka in Central Greece this morning. The thing to see here is what they called "Meteora". They are these geographical phenomenon that are large granite pinnacles shooting 600 m straight up in the air. Not only that, but some crazy monks between 1200 AD and 1500 AD decided to avoid some religious persecution by building monasteries on top of them! They used to ferry goods and themselves up the rock-face with rope lasses. There are about 13 still around. You can drive up now, or...like us...try to "hike up". Ya right. We ambitiously started out along this path (not well-marked) only to figure that we were on the wrong path and turned around, went back to our hotel for a nap. The next day, we took a cab ride to the top. It was fabulous. Absolutely one of the best things we have seen. Pictures will come soon.


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Lisa considering the pros and cons of the pristhood (pros - no taxes, cons - living on drafty mountaintop!)
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Makes borrowing a cup of sugar from the neighbours a little difficult...


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