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First of all I want to acknowledge that IT IS SARAH'S BIRTHDAY MONTH! Beautiful sunny day in Delphi. We are off for a full morning tour of Ancient Delphi and it's museum. The guide told us all the tales of the importance of Delphi and how The Oracle under the temple was really a woman who was sniffing ether from an underground fault. The priest would then interpret her mumblings to solve peoples worries. The site was very pretty with a market, reconstructed treasury, temple and ...
... it had a thriving textile industry, a few dozen of the 600 mansions remain around it's cobbled streets. We will visit the village tomorrow, we drive a little further up the winding road to a view point, wow what a view it is. A lovely spot to stay the night. A local lady stopped as she walked by to chat to us, she was very friendly and enquirer if we needed anything. It wasn't long before the sun set, the sky looked quite impressive with big streaks of yellow and orange across ...
Today we are going up high in the mountains and I am so excited because I love love love heights and mountains! We got up pretty early and ate our usual breakfast of hard boiled eggs and bread with honey and I drank an excessive amount of tea and coffee to ensure I would have energy to stay awake for all of the climbing!! We took the bus up the mountain to the base of the first monastery which was named Varlaam. We had a very long and high hike which was fun for me, but not so much ...
... these inaccessible monasteries to stay safe from invading forces. I wonder if those monks ever realized that all their hard work would result in the creation of one of Greece's top tourist destinations?
Staying at a hostel in Thessaloniki last year, I noticed a bus schedule for Meteora on the bulletin board, which immediately jogged my memory - Meteora also happened to be the title of Linkin Park's second ...
... the idea. Problem is, if you want to get from one remote place to another, you end up hopping like a frog across a great many lilypads. And so our 3-hour journey took us all day, cost 50 euros, and went Dephi-Amfissa-Lamia-Trikala-Kalambaka-K astraki. But at least we got here in the end.
That all being said, it was well worth the effort. Kastraki sits at the foot of Meteora - the bastion of Orthodox monks who have made their home in the stark pinnacles ...