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Oct 16, 2014 - Day 4 - Meteora

NOTE: I realized too late that my camera lens was dirty. My pictures are a bit fuzzy from this day. In Meteora, we visited two monasteries that sat atop rock formations that defys logic as to how they go build. Even though this visit did not interest me nearly as much as the ancient ruins, I can appreciate the effort and expertise if required to build and maintain such significant structures. After lunch in Kalambaka, we boarded the bus for the long trip back to Athens. We watched the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", which was fun and...

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Dec 16, 2012 - Kastraki

After a sleep-in and waking to a cloudy day we decided to stay another night in this lovely spot. We did another walk into Kastraki and this time walked higher to an old church, and then even higher up through the forest to an old chapel. It was lovely and peaceful, hardly a person around and a couple of guard dogs, chained up thankfully, to bark at us. When we got back to camp, Kat and Alex were back from their ride up to the monasteries, and later that evening we four walked back into the village and found a likely Taverna for a meal...

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Dec 15, 2012 - Kastraki

Today we did some washing and then set out to walk in the other direction through the village of Kastraki. It is very picturesque and we wandered through the main square and then up past one of the churches and along past some of the towering rocks. We saw a colourful temple high up in one of the rock caves and there were two pairs of rock climbers enjoying the beautiful day. We were “befriended” by first one dog, and before we knew it we had four accompanying us on our walk. They are obviously strays as the locals yelled and threw stones...

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Dec 14, 2012 - Kastraki

Today was a lovely day and after breakfast we walked over the hill into the town of Kalambaka. We found the post office to send off a postcard and then walked to Lidl to buy dinner for tonight. We enjoyed walking the streets and investigating a few shops and then found the market with lots of fruit and vege stalls as well as the usual clothing, bags and rugs. After a walk of about 4kms we got back to camp, had lunch, then walked round the site, which must be over 150 pitches and would be a busy campground in summer with a 3m swimming pool...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Kalambaka

Delphi – quick breakfast had as there was NO toaster, boiled eggs were cold and only very little else on offer! Hotel Hermes not quite up to scratch – whilst it is on the side of Mt Parnassus our room was at the very bottom, mum and the girls were in the attic. The rooms were clean but they were hot! After pick up we took a 2 min bus ride to the Museum of Delphi where the artefacts from the archaeological site were dug up. Again – amazed at the intricate detail in the statues, the paintings, etc. We then wandered down to the actual site –...

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We're off AGAIN 2011

Nov 14, 2008 - Meteora/Kalambaka

So off to Kalambaka we went. We stopped at the mountain where the 300 Spartans fought off the Persians (from the movie 300). The drive through the different mountain ranges was so beautiful, I took a ton of pics from the bus. I enjoyed listening to Madeline Peroux, Matt Costa, Carolina Liar, and other new music while looking at this beautiful scenery. Meteora means "suspended in air." There is a "forest of rocks," these huge jutting monoliths reaching up to 1000 feet. Upon these great rocks are 6 remaining monastaries and convents (of the...

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Greece 2008

Sep 1, 2008 - Meteora

From one World Heritage Site to another: Meteora is a spectacular complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries perched atop soaring sandstone pillars. Hermit monks started living among the rocks as early as the 11th century, but the monasteries were built in the 14th century. Before the roads were built, people and goods were hauled up via large net baskets! We visited two of the six monasteries that remain. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go to Holy Trinity, where the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” was filmed – one of the drawbacks of...

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Jun 2, 2007 - Meteora

After a slightly nauseating bus ride, due to the many twist and turns of the road, I've arrived here in Meteora. More speciallay the towns of Kalambaka and Kastriaki. Here we have a bunch of rock towers with Monasteries built on top. It's also a rock climbing meca, but unfortunalty I could find anyone to climb/guide me. I did however do some small un-roped climbs (bouldering). There is also some good hiking up to the Monasteries "old paths", although you do have to keep a watchful eye for turles, lizards, and snakes (why did it have to be...

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Apr 8, 2007 - The Meteora

After a fun night hanging out and being rocked asleep by the train, we arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece. We made our way to the airport to pick up a rental car then the four of us took the scenic ride to Kalambaka, gateway to the famous Meteora. We spent the afternoon winding our way through the jutting towers of rock and admiring the monasteries impossibly built on near inaccessible ridges. Though reminded of how very out of shape I am, the various climbs were well worth it considering the incredible views. And while I may not agree with...

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