Meteore

After a nice journey with the Greek ship "Ionian Sky" (the sea was calm and cabins quite comfortable), we arrived early in the morning (6 a.m. local time, 1 hour more in comparison to Italy) in Igoumenitsa but we immediately started up again toward our first destination, the city of Kalambaka which is situated at the foot of Meteore. During the journey we went through Metsovon’s pass, on the Pindus mountain, a pass about 1600 metres above the level of the sea where we stopped to admire a beautiful view.

Approaching Kalambaka we could admire the view of the Meteore. The city was build on the Meteore’s notoriety and it’s a typical touristic location with many stores, restaurants and bars. We left our luggage in the hotel and after lunch, accompanied by the local guide we started our visit in the monasteries of Meteore.

Meteore are one of the most important ortodox religious centers. Over and inside one of the caves of towers made by stones were made numerous monasteries, twelve, more or less, from whom some are in use in the present, but with not much monks who live inside. The word "meteor" means that "stays high in the air". The towers are high until 400 metres and we saw many climbers on their attempt to climb the walls, sometimes very smooth.

We visited two of the monasteries still in use: Varlaam, build in the XIV century by the namesake monk and S. Stefano, founded in the XIII-XIV century, today lived and preserved by the nuns, represent the monastery more populated of the Meteore.

Before the dinner, another walk in the city to visit stores of the local artisans, but the aim of the camera went towards the view of the Meteore, particularly striking under the ray of lights in the sunset.

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