Unforgettable Meteora Memories from Greece

Drive to Meteora from Larissa

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 dissipate 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.

Monasteries of Meteora

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. Not knowing what to expect in Meteora and trusting my instincts after I read up on the place I planned to stay there for 2 days. And, that was one of my best decisions in travel through Greece.

The Holy Trinity monastery appeared in the James Bond film, “For 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!

Meteora Memories

Meteora Memories

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. Over the period of next 2 days we visited all the 6 monasteries. Towards the evening it had rained and snowed lightly. However by morning the weather seemed fine.

The very first day, as soon as we dumped our luggage we set off for Holy Monastery of Rousanou. Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery was the most difficult one to access and the Monastery at Varlaam the easiest.

Food in Meteora was great. We had them at local eateries and the folks around were warm and genuine.

The Route Map from Larissa to Meteora

The road trip to Meteora from Larissa too little more than an hour.

 

Photo Essay on Meteora Rocks, Greece
Night Halt in Larissa, Greece

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