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... there are a series of steep roads with tour buses to take you to the too!
Originally, there were 24 monasteries, but today, 6 remain (one is actually a nunnery) and are among the largest and most important series of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece to this day. Interestingly, the largest of the monasteries, Metamorphosis, owes much of it's grandeur and size to a Serbian Emperor, Symeon Uros, who gave everything he had to the monastery ...
... wrong ferry from Canakkale, crossing directly over to Kilitbahir instead of the longer and more diagonal route north to Eceabat. There is nothing at Kilitbahir so they rode up the coast and stopped at the first hotel they came to.
So all's well that ends well. We enjoy Kosta's mother's sausages, have a few drinks and get off to bed. Tomorrow I will find out what all the fuss over Meteora is about.
We went from Kalambaka to Meteora to visit a couple monasteries located on top of the huge rock formations. We first visited the Varlaam Monastery and only six monks live here. There is a talanton that they use to call the monks to meals and it is made out of wood or metal. We got to see one outside of the main church. The main church here has Byzantine art from the 16th century and little windows for the purpose of being more protected ...
... and henceforth the restrictions were lifted..... It was interesting, and may I add a welcome surprise, to see they have guard rails ALL the way up the mountain roads to all the monasteries now. It was quite the hairy ride on my last trip here, especially with a Greek taxi driver who, without ANY exaggeration I promise, was smoking, drinking coffee AND pointing out monasteries to us and telling us stuff about them whilst driving us up the mountain switchbacks at what seemed ...
... cobbler or butcher stores. Butchers here were different. There was a single animal carcass on display, which you would point out the cut you wanted and watch it be cut, along with the passing window shoppers. We found more great food, some 'normal’ coffee and watched the cool young kids sip tea playing chess at pubs and bars, like I did in my younger days. In the morning we delved into the eerie fog filled town inside the castle walls in search of yesterdays best ...