The Holy Monastery of Rousanou
Overlooking Meteora valley
Play park at Kalambaka
Walking up to Agion Pnevma
Steve at the SpindleOverlooking the Meteora landscapeAya finding a huge 'stella and sam' flowerRinging the Bell at Agion PnevmaRefueling Great MeteoronGreat MeteoronMeteora monasteries have resident active monks.Steve and Aya at Great MeteronHoly Monastery of VarlaamFamily shot at Holy Monastery of VarlaamAmie ringing the bell at Agion PnevmaAmie hiking near the Holy Monastery of RousanouHoly Monastery of VarlaamThe Holy Monastery of RousanouHoly Trinity MonasteryHoly Trinity MonasteryHoly Monastery of Great MeteoronMonastery of the Holy Trinity 1475Holy Monastery of RousanouHoly Monastery of Great Meteoron

Meteora or 'suspended in the air' was something that grabbed our attention quickly. It is a very fitting title for the (Greek Orthodox) Monasteries that cling to the tops of rock pinnacles, some of which are only accessible through strenuous hiking or mountaineering. Unfortunately, many of the monasteries are plagued by tour buses but that didn't stop us from seeking out the old mountain paths used for centuries by devoted monks.

-steve-

We sent three full days to pause in Meteora before finishing the last two weeks of our Long Way Home. I am so glad we did.

It is excessively picturesque with rock spires jutting into the sky and five hundred year old centres of worship and meditation cleaved to their tops. Opening the door of our room at our guesthouse, we were greeted by these pinnacles.

My personal favourite was the particularly mysterious monastery cut into the rock face. At night it would light up – twinkling, dazzling lights suspended in the darkness.

Just beautiful. No wonder the ancients chose this location to build no less than 24 monasteries. I'm not sure you can find a more dramatic and inspiring location.

-amie-

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