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Sep 1, 2019 - Yamas!

Our meal tonight was at the Yamas restaurant 5 minutes from the hotel. The voucher ( part of the 3 day tour) allowed us 2 appetisers, 1 salad, and 2 mains. We were concerned (J was) that it might not be enough. We had Saganaki (perfect), stuffed peppers, Yamas salad with a brilliant dressing, beef in wine (C’s choice!!), and sausages with grilled veg. A feast. I didn’t get much as there were hoards of pesky cats hanging about so I kept out of site). J and C struggled to finish everything! Tomorrow will be a quiet day - the eagerly...

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Sep 1, 2019 - I’m not slim

A not to early start at 7 to be ready for breakfast at 8, and the tour at 9. Breakfast was not as extensive , but was extremely good, with some more local touches including preserved figs, cherries, and quince. Also some yoghurt cheesecake. So we all decided on a good feed to keep us going for the 4 hr tour. Cereal, yoghurt, eggs, bougatsa, juice and coffee. C asked the owner how she stayed so slim. She said I am not slim, and I don’t eat any of this!! Her husband was very friendly and because J pretended to know Greek by tossing in the odd...

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Aug 31, 2019 - We didn’t see Herman

The mini bus arrived right on time at 4 o’clock and we headed off on a four hour tour of the monasteries and the Byzantine Church of the Virgin Mary. The tour guide, Eva, was very knowledgeable and we were very impressed with the stories about Meteora, it’s history and geology. The church was very interesting for a number of reasons. It was a very old church built on the side of the temple of Apollo in fact some of the building materials were sourced from the temple and you can still see them in the walls of the church. Inside there was a...

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Aug 31, 2019 - BFNA

We woke early at 5 before the alarm and decided to get ready to leave to catch the train. The hotel had insisted that we have breakfast and when we arrived in the breakfast room it was all ready for us! The only things not ready were eggs. So we had a good but rushed breakfast and were ready in the foyer at 6:15 for our taxi that arrived on time. A 10 minute ride and we were there. Very little traffic at that time. Always a worry when you try a new form of travel, but when J showed the ticket man his printed voucher he said “platform 8”. We...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Side trip to pretty Trikala

Paraskevi, our hostess and owner of our stone cabin airbnb in Meteora, was originally from the nearby city of Trikala. We got into a lively discussion regarding music, and she told us about how Greek music had originated as a protest, in prison. We became so curious talking to her that we decided to spend a day in her home town and visit the music museum. Since we were taking the bus, the easiest thing for us to do was to be dropped off at the mosque (which was close to the tiny bus office where we got picked up for the return ride home)....

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Jun 1, 2018 - Majestic Monasteries of Meteora!

Wow, magical Meteora. Here's another bucket-list item where expectation management is needed. Little did we know that when we went to see Mt. Olympus back in 2009 that we had overlooked this site nearby. It wasn't until just a couple weeks later that we met someone in Albania, who asked if we had seen Meteora. What? I looked it up on the internet, and it went right on the bucket list. How did we miss it? I've only been talking about it for almost ten years now. Here we are! Fran was so delighted that he didn't have to hear about it...

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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

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