Meteora Monasteries

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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Trip End Nov 15, 2007


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Monday, July 31, 2006

31.7.06
Meteora Monasteries.
Greece

We called into Kevtpo to get some Euro and some Greek coins for Wilma from the bank. In Europe when you enter a business premises, you take a ticket and wait for your number. This we have done often, sometimes there are 2 or 3 choices of ticket and if you have the wrong one, when you finally get to the front desk, you have to go back and take another. So, we've learned to take one of each ticket! I was 9 numbers away from being served, so advised Des, Lynn and Lou to have a coffee while I waited. By the time I had been attended to, the queue was 15 numbers from being served.

The curly drive to the Meteora Monasteries was interesting. Greece, is actually quite dry in appearance. The striations in the rocks were fascinating. It looked like the land had been pushed together from each end and the strata buckled with corrugations. There are both pine trees and eucalyptus trees in Greece. I couldn't help myself and crushed a gum leaf just to smell the familiar Aussie aroma.

Agia Triada is one of many monasteries on the top of huge granite mountains which we went to see. It was a hot day so the climb to the monastery was slow. Shorts and bare arms were not acceptable for entry, but we were aware of this. There is a 2 Euro charge to enter, with some restrictions on photography of the paintings. It was lovely and cool inside and the wind on the chimes under the bells made a welcoming sound. The view over the villages including Kevtpo was fantastic and clear. Nearly all red roofs.

We had a quick meal of some fruits before pressing on to find a free camp site for the night. Greece has wonderful, juicy fruit, particularly the nectarines and peaches. The tomatoes are delicious too and we make a point of buying from the roadside stalls which have home grown and preserved produce, such as olives.

At Pelasgia we came to a nice open area of sea with a bit of a car park and stony beach. We asked the restaurateur across the way if he minded if we stay there the night. We became so engrossed with Dimitri and his 10 years in America, that we decided to stay for a meal. This was prepared by his sister-in-law who owned the restaurant, all Dimitri had to do was supply the verbal orders, which he was particularly good at. In fact Dimitri looked like he had been demanding a few orders of his own as he was not inclined to move from the spot. Roula, the sister-in-law is a great cook and between running around drinks, table clothes, (plastic backed, paper cloths are all the go here, all coffee shops & restaurants use them to keep the proper cloths clean), cutlery etc. managed to cook up a great fish meal. Lou enquired as to who owned the very old and rusty Norton motor bike leaning against the entry gate. Dimitri translated that that belongs to Roula and that she used to ride around in a barrel in shows (with no hands sometimes!). We were amazed and they took us inside the restaurant to see the photo. Lynn and I commented how you never know what a person has done in their lives. Here was this 60 year old grandmother working hard as a cook in her own restaurant who used to be a show stunt rider!
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