Saturday, July 16, 2011
Wanderlust: Meteora Edition
So this is a town - barely - not a country, and it's Saturday rather than Friday, but it's been ages since I did one of these and the BBC had an article on this.
When I was twelve I went to Greece with my family for my uncle's wedding, and my parents and siblings and I ended up traveling around the country, going to the places we'd read about in myths and stories (Nestor's Palace, Olympia, Delphi) and places I'd never heard of. One of those places was Meteora, monasteries suspended on precarious rock spires. The very name "Meteora" means "suspended in the air" and the monasteries themselves are full of icons (flat-looking, with no vanishing points) and incense.
I remember climbing up those crazy rock formations, in a long skirt (you have to wear a skirt and cover your shoulders in the monasteries) to reach those beautiful buildings in the sky. It was magical.
Have you been to Meteora? What did you think?
(photos from here and here)