Meteora Memories

We left for Meteora from Larissa very early that day and could catch the Sun waking up from its slumber. As we were driving westward the sky was devoid of any of the magical colors. The meadows on either side of roads and the roads itself looked abandoned with not a single soul or traffic! The solar panels looked ready to capture all the energy the sun would disspiate for the day and we were on our dream trip to Meteora.

From Trikala onwards the landscape changed. The distant hazy mountainous structures started taking definite shape. In Meteora nature decided to design the mountains in a different way. The geological formations here are unique. Huge mountains rise from nowhere and roads are made through these and around these mountains. There are around 80 peaks there.

When you look up at the monasteries built on the mountain tops you wonder how they are there. And they are not there just for few years but for centuries, from 14th century! During the winters 5 of the 6 monasteries are open and I visited all of them. The Holy Trinity monastery appeared in the James Bond film, β€œFor Your Eyes Only”. One has to climb 100 steps to enter the monasteries, except one of them. Once inside those old monasteries you feel it is a different world. For me this trip was an incredible spiritual experience, something I will cherish for years!

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The first monastery we sighted in Kastraki, Meteora. You can click to enlarge the pic. you will see a cross there. The next pic has my daughters in the frame near the cross.

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28 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    wow, the cliffs and terraced hillsides!

  2. Beautiful pictures of a very different landscape. Looks a little "naked" there πŸ™‚ Guess, one has to be really ready to spend the rest of the life up there.

    Have a beautiful day!
    【ツ】Knipsa

  3. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, beautiful scenic views.. The cliffs are amazing.Great captures. Have a happy day!

  4. Ida says:

    What amazing cliffs those monestaries are built on. I bet the view are fantastic.

  5. It truly is amazing the locations they chose to build these monasteries. Beautiful shots!

  6. Sylvia K says:

    These are awesome, Indrani, and I don't know how I missed your post today, but I do apologize for being so late to comment!! Truly superb captures!!

  7. Ileana says:

    Beautiful views! Have a nice day!

  8. Beautiful views and amazing photos.

  9. Good to start the day with that beautiful sunrise. Tanks for taking us along.

  10. Nice shots of the magnificent vistas.

  11. ladyfi says:

    Lovely sunrise shot and some beautiful scenery.

  12. Different landscapes and sceneries,all magnificent!

  13. afanja says:

    Wonderful shots, I specially like the majestic landscapes.

  14. Carver says:

    The landscapes and rock formations are amazing.

  15. Wonderful landscapes and views!
    Enjoying your shot.

    Thanks for dropping by, sis.
    Happy weekend πŸ™‚

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  16. Looks like the towns and roads have been carved out of a very rugged landscape.

  17. Enthralling pictures Indrani. Must have been a wonderful drive.

  18. Loved all the pics but the first one was out of the world!!

  19. Beautiful pictures… great post πŸ™‚

  20. Sounds like a lovely place to visit, In πŸ™‚ lovely pictures!

  21. AmitAag says:

    Magical photos and lively account, Indrani!

  22. D.Nambiar says:

    Awesome landscapes. And with some spirituality thrown in, I'm sure this trip to Meteora was very fulfilling.

  23. Awesome sceneries…..!!

  24. Felicia says:

    wow those are some steep mountains. what a great view from the top

  25. Your Artistic Expressions are truly amazing…. A Nice Post with excellent Photographs! thanks for sharing….

  26. good collection of pics !

  27. Beautiful road journey.

  28. what a beautiful place it it. May I be there a day. Your post always attracts and tells detail about that particular place.

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