lower Balkans & Greece travel blog

Kastoria's lake was a perfect backdrop for coffees

it didn't take long to find a 'bargain'

bear signs were unexpected .....

...... but sighting one of the 'cuddly critters' was unbelievable

rivers were always gorgeous

mountain top monasteries were amazing

Meteora had been on our 'wish list' for years

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 metres tall but we all agreed it was 'huge'. :-)

Meteora lived up to expectations with it's mountain top monasteries. They were spectacular.

The massive rock outcrops were simply amazing and provided the quaint village with an unforgettable backdrop.

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