Photography Friday~ Meteora

I went to Greece this week. It is a hop, skip, and a jump from Serbia. Well. Actually, a few hours stretched out to several hours if you are traveling with Serbians who know how to relax, have coffee and smoke like a chimney. ­čÖé

I was traveling with a bus trip of teachers. I was invited by my very good friend M. I am so happy I went. I made new friends. Enjoyed Greek food. and took 4 GB worth of pictures (That is 800 pics). No doubt, photography Friday will have a long Greek hang over. ­čśë

Today’s post is all about Meteora. This is directly from wikipedia:

The┬áMet├ęora┬á(Greek:┬á╬ť╬Á¤ä╬ş¤ë¤ü╬▒,┬ápronounced┬á[m╔Ť╦łt╔Ťo╔ż╔É], lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” ÔÇö etymologically related to “Meteorite“) is one of the largest and most important complexes of┬áEastern Orthodox┬ámonasteries┬áin┬áGreece, second only to┬áMount Athos.[1]┬áThe six monasteries are built on natural┬ásandstone┬árock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the┬áPlain of Thessaly┬ánear the┬áPineios┬áriver andPindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is┬áKalambaka. The Met├ęora is included on theUNESCO┬áWorld Heritage List. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteora)

I count myself super blessed to have been able to see this natural beauty.Maybe these pics will bring a little more sunshine to your Friday.

The point of vising the Meteora was to visit a monastery atop the jutting rock formations. This is a sacred place for Orthodox people. It was a stronghold kept from the Turks who terrorized the Serbs, the Greeks, and others for centuries.

Back in the day, rope ladders were dropped to allow entrance. Also, basket like nets were let down for someone sit in. Then they were pulled up to the safety of the monastery. Now they have even cooler ways of getting from one place to another.

Seriously, that is better than the pope mobile!!

Only some of the monastery was open to the public, and pictures were prohibited in  much of that area. I am not complaining. I would rather take pics of the rock formations.

These sites don’t get old. I could snap away all day long!

Tourist do not only flock here for the monasteries. many people come from all over the world to climb these magestic monsters.

This is some impressive stuff!

Meteora was a highlight of the the trip. I would go again in a heartbeat!

Happy Friday!

Dobar dan

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