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Sep 27, 2018 - Meteora

On our way to Meteora we took a side road to Kir-Yianni winery in the mountains overlooking a beautiful valley and their vineyard. We took a tour of their up-to-date winery where they explained which grape they grew and fermented and how they are striving to be the best in Greece. We were served lunch on a balcony overlooking their vineyard, the mountains, and the valley. The lunch and wine were excellent. Meteora is unique in many ways with the towering and gigantic rocks and monasteries built on their summits like eagles nests. There are...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Meteora

Once again the drive was easy and the border crossing a little slow but at least we had reached Greece where our target was the monastery town of Meteora after a short stop in the very pretty lakeside village of Kastoria. The big highlight of the trip was a bear sighting made by eagle-eyed Gilli. Unlike earlier 'mythical whale sightings' she got this one spot-on and we were all glued on the grassy fields for more. Signs advised we were in bear country but we saw no more. We're still not certain if the one we did see was 3 or 5 or maybe 10...

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May 22, 2017 - Meteora

Oh my gosh.....have I already overused "amazing"? I'm sorry, but today was SOOOO amazing (this is not the last time I'm going to say amazing). Yesterday Barb, Peggy and I took a 5-hr bus trip (3 buses actually) to Meteora, an amazing place north of Athens, where there are these immense rock towers - five with still active monasteries at the top, other towers have ruins of monasteries. When we arrived in Kalabaka, the town at the base of the huge rocks, it was raining. Peggy said "well, maybe it will let up by tomorrow..." at which instant...

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A Group in Greece

May 21, 2017 - Travelling to the Monasteries

Today is the day that Peg, Lorraine and Barb got out of Dodge (Nafplio). I love our house in Nafplio. Once I got familiar with the city and could make my way to the grocery store and bus stop, knowing that I could find my way home and the 65 steps to our front door, the city is a delight to explore. But, there is so much to see in Greece. It’s a constant pull and I have to resolve that I will not see everything that I came for. We had read about monasteries built in the rock formations in central Greece so today caught a bus for Athens (2...

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A Group in Greece

Sep 22, 2015 - Amazing Meteora and the Monasteries

We were in luck this morning as we awoke to cloudy but dry weather even though it had rained through the night. It was so lovely overnight and we slept with our balcony doors wide open. Reasonably relaxed wake up this morning as the monasteries on the mountains do not open until 9am. Decent breakfast offering of the usual cereals, scrambled eggs and hams and plenty of Greek cakes and pastries and the most amazing yogurt ever. Have finally found something the Greeks have got right. We were staying right at the base of the rocks so only a...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Happy Birthday Heather, It Never Rains in Greece in thw Summer

Pouring rain this morning and where is our umbrella? In the luggage that we checked which is supposedly at Athens airport as of the last check on line. We stopped at the place where they make religious icons and learned the 3 processes they use. Everything done by hand on canvas, done by computer (seriography) on canvas and done on paper with a photo (lithography). The ones by hand are drawn on canvas, then painted with natural paints(plants, rocks) going from dark colors to light colors, then gold leaf is applied around the icon. When...

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Greece is the Word

Nov 15, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 8

The jutting pinnacles and cliffs of the Meteora were once sediments of an inland sea. About 10 million years ago vertical tectonic movements pushed the entire region out of the sea at a sloping angle. The same tectonic movements caused the flanking mountains to move closer, exerting extreme pressure on the hardened sedimentary deposits. The Meteora developed netlike fissures and cracks. The weathering and erosion that followed formed the towering outcrops of rock that now vault heavenwards. That is the geology of the area and is a very dry...

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Sep 30, 2012 - Meteora, Mosteiros "on the Rocks"

Meteora assim se chama por causa das suas formações rochosas que fazem lembrar os meteoros. São penhascos rochosos altissimos que se erguem de uma vale e melhor, alguns deles albergam no seu topo mosteiros. São 24 nosteiros mas apenas 6 deles estão habitados ou por monges ou por freiras. Às 9 da manhã apanhamos um autoicarro que nos deixa no maior dos mosteiros, o Grande Meteora ou Mosteiro da Transfiguração. Foi fundado em meados do sec XiV por Athanasios. Para alem de uma igreja, do antigo refeitório que hoje é um Museu teológico que...

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Sep 30, 2012 - Meteora, Mosteiros "on the Rocks"

Meteora assim se chama por causa das suas formações rochosas que fazem lembrar os meteoros. São penhascos rochosos altissimos que se erguem de uma vale e melhor, alguns deles albergam no seu topo mosteiros. São 24 nosteiros mas apenas 6 deles estão habitados ou por monges ou por freiras. Às 9 da manhã apanhamos um autoicarro que nos deixa no maior dos mosteiros, o Grande Meteora ou Mosteiro da Transfiguração. Foi fundado em meados do sec XiV por Athanasios. Para alem de uma igreja, do antigo refeitório que hoje é um Museu teológico que...

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Sep 29, 2012 - A Viagem até Kastraki

A viagem até Kastraki foi suada e cansativa. Aterrámos ainda de noite em Atenas, as 5.30 e com uma temperatura de 26 graus, ainda de noite mas já com muito calor. No aeroporto ficamos a saber que sairá um autocarro para a estação de camionetas principal onde poderemos apanhar uma camioneta para Kalambaka, a zona onde pretendemos ficar. Ainda falta muito tempo para o autocarro saír e ficamos a fazer horas na sala frescva do aeroporto. O autocarro demora cerca de 40 minutos a chegar até à estação e aqui sabemos que so teremos uma camioneta...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Greek Monestries

After an overnight stop in Thessaloniki, Greece, we ventured to the Monestries of Meteora. For those who are not familiar with these, it a complex of six monasteries which are built on natural sandstone rock pillars. Originally built using pullies to transport the building materials up to the sites, these are a feat of engineering.

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Jun 29, 2012 - Meteora

METEORA: It took 3 buses to reach Meteora and well worth it. To see the monasteries sitting on top of these huge rock pillars. In the 15th century Turkish raiders wanted control over the fertile plains. The hermit monks, seeking a retreat from the Turks found the inaccessible rock pillars of Meteora to be an ideal refuge. More than 20 monasteries were built, and 6 remain. What a magnificent site! We hiked to 4 of them the first day. Through the forest and up many steps to the monasteries. We tried a shortcut through the valley from one...

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