Second day in paradise, even though it was going to be overcast with rain. Had breakfast at our accommodation and collected by tour guide just prior to 9am - had another 4hr tour booked for today.
Very mystic today, with a mist that was surreal - you could see it moving. One moment you could see something and the next it was gone - got some good shots but also made it difficult for other ones.
Had some of the same people (& some new ones) on the tour from yesterday and the same tour guide - so we did a little doubling up from yesterday with some of the places we went to get some photo’s. However today we also spent time in 3 monasteries - lots of stairs & climbing:
1). Holy Monastery of the Great Meteoro
2). The Monastery of Varlaam - named after a hermit monk
3). The Monastery of Rousanou (St Barbara) - this one currently has 16 nuns residing here. The original monastery was built in the 14th century (it is really small) and private quarters for the nuns was built in the 1980’s. They produce Chestnut & Oak tree honey.
Looking into the interiors of these places & seeing how they were constructed was fascinating. Time to construct a chapel - apparently it took 20yrs to get materials up to the master builder (monk) and then 4mths to construct. They used a pulley system to haul materials up the pinnacles. These monasteries have all been built in stages, not all at once. When the monks had money, they would order materials and construct a new section - simply remarkable.
Yesterday the rocks were all black in colour, today after the rain they are now green from the moss - just incredible.
After our terrible dinner last night, on advice from our guide we went to a Kalambaka family run restaurant for lunch - OMG the best food ever.
Currently on the train heading back to Athens, about a 5.30hr trip, due in just after 10pm - then need to catch a metro to our apartment.
Have arrived back in our unit at 11.20pm to no wifi - hoping it will start working or won’t be able to upload this or the photo’s till it does.
Ok, very weak link but have eventually got the photo’s all loaded.