The Meteora is an awesome site. After traveling
hours by bus from the deep southern Peleponnese of Mani, we came upon the shear rock cliffs
of the Meteora. These rock towers are located in Kastraki and Kalambaka, both within 20
minutes of the city Trikala in central Greece. We came to stay with our soon to be friends
Jim and Maria who just so happen to live at the
foot of these spectacular mountains and monasteries which sit on top of them. We stayed in
Kastraki for four days, as we settled into the Grecian groove, we also ventured to the mountain
towns of Metsovo and Ioannina and lake region of Plastera, always
zero'ing back to Kastraki.
Each place has a beauty of it's own and a story... Maria and Jim were very kind
in letting us stay with them for 4 days and taking us on these great day trips.
Thanks so much!
The Great Meteora, the biggest of the 7 existing monasteries is a marvelous
human will. The monks who had been in the area for hundreds of years and who lived in the
caves as hermits, came together and united to build a worship place safe from all threats
and more importantly, closer to heaven.|
||Our friends came to this place 4 years ago from Oregon, left, went back to America
wrapped up their belongings and headed back to Kastraki, they've been living here for the
two years now, and they love it. Their best friends lived in Canada and also moved here to live.
||Steve driving Jim and Maria's car as he heads up the windy roads to the many
vantage points and entrances to the monasteries. It's like a Monte Carlo race track.
This was real scary, small roads, no railing and oncoming tour buses!|
||Well once you get there you have to take a picture to prove it!