Visiting Monasteries on Smaller Mountains -Kalambaka, Greece
Hey guys! So...from Athens (after visiting the Acropolis) we took a train which arrived late and arrived only a few hours after the time when we were supposed to arrive. Make sense? Well we arrived later in the afternoon and ate supper. Slept the night then went out to visit the monasteries the next day.
So this area in Greece was where these monks set up monasteries around the 9th century A.D. Pretty cool right? They weren't destroyed during WW2 which was pretty amazing.
There were several hiking trails up to the monasteries. Either do that, or take a taxi. So hiking it was. Some of them were enjoyable and others were just "CAN WE GO BACK DOWN TO THE HOSTEL?!" But when we arrived, that thought flew back all the way to the Atlantic ocean because the monasteries were worth it.
The trail, on the way to the monasteries took us through an oak forest. After the tree area, our hike began to incline leading up onto the rocks. The echos from the top were amazing by the way. After, we continued the trail that was supposedly the dark slashed of red spray paint. Or piles or stacks of rocks laying beside the trail for the lost and confused. (A.K.A. The Der family + Auntie Tia.)
After following a staggered path of rocks, we began to catch views of the highway. Then more and more of those huge tour buses. And sights of HUMAN LIFE! Finally! So below is a photo of the first monastery we visited. There is a very thin line that is dropping from the right tower thing. And that there, is the pulley where they hauled up all the bricks and wood and supplies.
One time, when we were heading up towards the monasteries, we saw one man attempting to scale one of the rocks. With rope and clips and most likely a ticket for adventure. I also had in mind the question about how those robed monks were able to climb these cliffs back in the day.
We had to climb a ton of stairs before reaching the entrance. But it wasn't bad. I was glad that I wasn't climbing up like the mountain climber or even those monks. Besides, equipped with little Greek biscotti things (that were totally DELICIOUS,) really drove me forwards. And to really embrace the hike.
Anyways, some of the larger monasteries had large cellars and where they stored all their goods and tools. THEY EVEN HAD A "DE-CORNER!" Pardon my horrible English. *cough cough* Let me rephrase this.
It was an instrument to remove the corn from the cob. Just plop it in the machine and watch it do works of magic. Incredible! Like how useful would that be for someone like me who prefers to eat corn 'not on a cob.'
So, we ate at a pretty good Greek restaurant for the 3 days that we stayed here. But instead of the food this time, let me focus on the artwork. Look at Eli's illustrations. How cute are they?! I think some of the characters are the monks and nuns from the monasteries.
We took a train back to Athens so that we could fly out, three days later to the island of Crete. And guess who also made some artwork?
Thanks for reading this short blog. That nearly took me a month to complete.
Anyways, I'll really be sure to get finished with Greece to move forwards with France and then Italy and then... Wait no. No spoilers! BYE!