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Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora July 7th 2019

"There's one!" I'm bursting with excitement. "There's another one," I exclaim as we approach the 'Stone Forest,' dozens of vertical rocks, each as tall as a small mountain. As we get closer, I can begin to make out the Orthodox monasteries atop several of these pinnacles. From photos I thought there were maybe 3 or 4 of these, but I later discover that 24 were built, some of them inside caves. Hermits started moving into the caves in the 9th century, and in the 1300's the first formal monastery was built. Allan's tired from the drive and it's hot from the African winds blowing north--44C/118F, so he lies down for a nap. I take the car from our hotel in Kalambaka, and drive to the top of the road--a couple of the monasteries are reachable this ... read more
Up close and personal
Time for a Climb
In the Distance

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora May 10th 2016

Woolly says – Our train from Athens departed exactly on time although finding our seats proved a tad more bothersome, being British we just plonked ourselves down in the first two we came to only to be told that we were sat in someone else’s seat at which point it dawned on us that it was allocated seating. Slight hitch, we were in wagon 4 and our seats were in wagon 2, I raced down the train and seemed to leave my backpacking pair way behind me........ Bearing in mind the size of our backpacks we had to wait for people to sit down rather than knock them down! Woolly says - ........I sped into the correct part of the train and quickly located our seat numbers, it seemed to take an age for the other’s ... read more
The Church of St Stephen that is no linger in use
Beauty is everywhere...no we don't mean Woolly!
Stunning

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora November 1st 2015

After a few days enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Atsuko's old friends in Bulgaria doing nothing more than drinking too much home-made wine and rakia, and overeating delicious local food it was time to move on again. First stop in Greece was Thessaloniki. Our first impression from the walk between the bus station and hotel was that the economy was in better shape than we'd expected, sure there were a lot of empty shops – like almost everywhere these days, but the streets weren't lined with homeless children, nurses turned hookers, or abandoned Porsche's. Our only full day here turned out to be a public holiday, surely one of the strangest. October 28 is 'Οχι Day (όχι translates to no) which celebrates the refusal of the Greek government on October 28 1940 to allow Italian and ... read more
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Meteora
Meteora

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora August 4th 2015

You have all seen the pictures, but how many of us can actually point exactly where is Meteora. Well, we are here right in the middle of Continental Greece....three hours driving from Thessaloniki, and few hours more from Athens. I was on my way from Delphi, trying to be in Kalampaka before sunset. I had just booked few days ago my hotel outside Kalampaka by going through Expedia and Tripadvisor comments. So I was on for the Meteora hotel. I just forgot to print an itinerary or address of my hotel that morning...well! I made it easily to Kalampaka, the main town bordering Meteora area. Interesting enough, for the last few kilometers, the landscape was simply boring...but where are those so wellknown monasteries? Kalampaka is a tourist town clearing fully into the tourism industry. I stopped ... read more
Roussanou Nunnery
Varlaam
Varlaam

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora April 17th 2015

Dr. Seuss said it best, " Oh, the places you will go." Today I went to a place I'd never heard of that has been in existence since the 9th Century A.D. It is Meteora, which means "suspended in the air." There are a series of monasteries perched atop pinnacles that rise 1,000 feet above the valley. The rocks sit between the Thessalian plain in the east and the Pindos mountains in the west. 30 million years ago the entire valley was under a lake. Earthquakes left the sandstone rocks which now form these strange peaks. In the 9 th century monks sought refuge from invaders( those pesky Turks) in the caves of Meteora. Since they believed that the higher up you got the closer to heaven you were these rocks/caves fit their needs. Well, we ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora March 19th 2014

two beautiful days in Kalampaka to visit the Meteora... read more
grecia 2014
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grecia 2014

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 October 3rd 2013

Geo: 39.7833, 21.6We woke at 7am, while it was still mostly dark outside … all we could see were the lights on shore. Breakfast arrived shortly thereafter, and we ate as we pulled up to the dock. As soon as the chimes told us we could disembark, we departed. Our taxi driver (Demos – who was excellent) was waiting right outside the gate for us. It was raining as we left the ship, but the rain soon stopped, even though the overcast remained.The drive to Meteora was not exciting. The territory reminded us a bit of the Inland Empire – very dry, very rocky, very light-industry. Some of the light industry appeared to be functioning, and others defunct. We didn't pass through many towns, being mostly on a dual-carriage way, so I can't report on store-fronts. ... read more

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 31st 2013

Geo: 39.7833, 21.6One of the most amazing sights you will see anywhere on Earth, and probably on any other planet in our solar system, is Meteora. The landscape itself is incredible, with massive pillars of rock reaching up to the sky - it would be worthwhile touring through here just to gaze upwards, in awe of such stunning natural beauty. What makes this place otherworldly is the monasteries that cap those stone pillars, like something out of a fantasy novel, or a sci-fi movie that is set in a galaxy light years away. It doesn't seem possible that monks could even have conceived of constructing monasteries here, but they somehow managed to do so. While you naturally might think that it was born of some attempt to become closer to God, by constructing these edifices of ... read more
Beautiful Landscapes of Meteora
The Largest Monastery - Moni Megalou Meteorou
Town of Kalambaka Below




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