No, I’m not going to pay any attention to the fact that this is the only post I have done this year. Britney’s got my back.
Our next stop after gorging ourselves in Corfu with gyros for every meal (#FTW) was to Kalampaka (also spelled Kalambaka which is really confusing! Pick one, Greece!) We found our way there with a map and (possible) bus times written by a (most likely) drunk person on a napkin. It worked so I mark that one as a win. You’re probably wondering why we would be going to some random city in Greece that you probably haven’t heard of. Well, Kalampaka is a lovely little town at the bottom of this…
This is the view from our hotel room where we could see Metéora and its 6 hidden monasteries. Each sitting at the top of those very large natural sandstone rock pillars, at one time only accessible by long ladders (they have built roads and stairs up to them now for us lookie loos). Stolen quote from Wikipedia, “There is a common belief that Athanasios (founder of the first monastery) did not scale the rock, but was carried there by an eagle.” How badass is that! Unfortunately, the eagle was on vacation or something because we had to use the stairs to get to the top. And there were a lot of them!
This is The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron
This monastery kept a record of all the past residents in an interesting way
Paintings covered most of the walls and even ceilings
I can see why the monks wanted to live up there. Those views!
Our hotel was riiiiiiiiiiight there
Monastery selfie! This is The Holy Monastery of St. Stephen
Metéora was basically one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Given its history that goes back to 1356, and its unique beauty I can see why Metéora is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
After exploring the monasteries we came back to Kalampaka to eat more gyros and plan our next adventure. Mount Olympus!
Until then, you can see more pics from Metéora here: