Sep 14, 2008
Dec 18, 2008
OK I'm still catching up on my adventures! Last weekend I went on a trip with the school to Meteora Rock Monasteries. It is probably one of the coolest most beautiful places ever! We drove for about 3 hours to a city called Trikala. Trikala is in the region of Thessaly which is part of the prominent agriculture region of the country. We ate lunch there and got to walk around for a while. It was really cute and it had lots of nice cafe's. Then we drove for another 20-30 minutes and arrived in Meteora. Pulling up to to the village was incredible. We could see the sun setting behind the amazing rock formations, but of COURSE my camera died before we made it there :( Don't worry i'll find some pictures so you can see how cool it is. The rocks are shaped in a way that could be only formed by water, so basically thousands of years ago, this was all under water. My hotel room had a really cool view of the rocks. When we woke up the next morning, the first thing we did was go and look outside and the incredible view. After breakfast at the hotel we took the bus up to the monasteries that are actually built into the rocks. The first monastery we went to was an all women's monastery St. Stefanos, with cute little nuns running around. All the girls had to wear these special wraps over our pants because you are not supposed to be able to see our legs. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was really funny because they had a museum inside that was under surveillance and there was a nun watchings all the mini TV's. It was just funny to see the little short lady scoping out the tourists. On our way to the main monastery we stopped for some AMAZING picture opportunities and OH WAIT my camera battery as dead. So i just jumped in other peoples pictures instead. The main monastery was called Grand Meteoron and we had to walk down some stairs and then up a bunch more to get up to it. It was literally built into the rocks. They also had this funny zip line thing that went across for some of the handicap monks and priests to get into the monastery. It was kind of funny to see. After the monasteries we went back to the village for lunch and made our long journey home.