As forecast, it started to rain then snow gently. Visibility was very poor. We packed up and drove to the monasteries of Meteors. These 6-8 monasteries are perched on the cliff tops overlooking the town of Kalambaka. Though only one can be seen from the town.
Arriving at St Stephens Holy Monastery 30 minutes before opening. So we sat inside the cab reading our book. At 09:25 a bus turned up so we let them go in first.
The views would have been spectacular but we could not see much The church had new or newly repainted fresco’s inside. We were not allowed to take photos but the depictions were horrific.
Saints being, beheaded, stoned, ripped by multi pronged hooks, legs and arms cut off, being devoured by sea monsters and the list goes on. Quite bizarre. This monastery was populated by Nuns.
Next we wondered down a path and up 125 steps to a locked door at The Holy Trinity Monastery. In the near past this monastery was only accessible by ladders and ropes. In 1925 these steps had been carved into the rock.
Next the Holy Moastery of Rousanou Another walk down a path in the snow and across two draw bridges to inside. This church was incorporated in the building and could not be noticed from outside.The depictions were equally as gory but not as “new” looking. We bought a jar of Honey and a postcard for a friend in Wangaratta.
Onto the biggest Holy Monastery of Great Meteoraon. But it was closed for maintenance. By now we had our fill of religious relics and stopped in Kastraki for a hot lunch of local sausages, eggplant and pepper dip with boiled wild veges and a carafe of local red wine. An OK lunch.
Now towards the East coast and Mt Amos. Is supposed to stop snowing tomorrow so maybe we’ll get to see it.
The roads were clear of snow till we got to a little village of Karya, there were a few drifts on the road and then I drifted. Stopped on the corner for John to drive and she went a little sideways again.
Into 4x4 and John drove us up to 1180m altitude and over. The snow was only 4 inches deep.
Stopped on the side of a group of 28 switchbacks with a few of the ocean.
It continued to snow gently.