After dropping my dad at the airport in Athens, I was on my own again and hopped onto a train heading North, direction Kalambaka. It was a long day that got even longer when a train replacement bus service was in place for the last part of the trip which left with an hour delay. Safe to say I was very happy when I finally arrived in the little town, even though it was dark and rainy!
Originally, my plan had been to work on the train from Athens – but mobile connection was so bad that hotspot was not an option and I barely managed to answer some emails from my phone. So work had piled up quite a bit and I sadly had to start my time in Meteora with a couple of working days. Luckily, the weather was also not great most of those days (read: it was pouring down!), so it was a little easier to sit inside.
In the end, I ended up having one full day and one early morning where it was both dry and I wasn’t needed in any work meetings/urgencies. Not much time, but if you know me, you know that’s not something that keeps me from trying everything I can… So on my full day, I started at sunrise and returned after sunset. The time in between was filled with lots and lots of beautiful views.
Nature in Meteora is simply stunning. The rocks seem surreal and it’s fascinating to see how the monasteries were built on top of them. I loved hiking the whole day in the sun and being able to enjoy nature at its best.
People had told me that it’s impossible to see Meteora in one day, but I somehow managed. I only skipped one monastery but visited all others that were open. I walked pretty much all the trails. I almost saw sunrise and I did see sunset. But because I only almost saw sunrise, I decided to wake up early one day to actually see the sunrise. Now, that was really everything ticked off!
I enjoyed my time in Meteora and was happy that I decided to go there. It was still quite busy with tourists, so I can only imagine how high season must look like. On the other hand, 90% of my week up there was rainy, so that is one of the disadvantages of travelling in December. Lucky, who has enough time to wait for the perfect day, as I did… 🙂 Here are some more photos of Meteora!