Kalambaka/Kastraki

Jim and Maria had us as guests at their house in Kastraki for four days which we were very thankful for because they took us to several wonderful places. Kastraki is located directly at the foot of the Meteora Mountains which are clearly visible from their house and only a five minute drive to the mountain tops. Kalamabaka is a 5 minute drive down the road. Many Greeks from this area emigrated to the USA in the early 1900s (and later), most of which went to Lowell, MA. but some to Canada and Australia too. During WWII this area was a front line battlefield against the Germans, however not even that could deface it's beauty. The villages and the monasteries offer lot's to see. Jim and Maria took us to some of the areas best attractions like Lake Plastera, Metsovo, Ioannina and the Peramas caves. We traveled to these sites, did some site seeing and shopping then we'd circle back and dine in the outdoor evening with their friends Tom and Koula. These pictures were taken from Toms house on the balcony.

We had a great time relaxing in this area. we had been on the move for 10 whole days travelling throughout the peleponese when we finally grabbed a bus and made the 10 hour bus ride to Trikala in central Greece.

Jim and Maria outside the Peramas caves with  Ioannina in the background.
Marias' sons; Nick and Michael, 'sup dudes?
We ate late dinners at outdoor Tavernas with Jim and Maria and Tom and koula. A small but very enjoyable sample of the good life the people live here in this touristy but still very much lived in village of Kastraki and Kalambaka.