Last week I arrived home from holiday. I spent two glorious weeks in Greece with my dad and stepmom. It was the best holiday I have taken in many, many years. The perfect blend of activity and rest. We took an incredible road trip and visited Delphi, Meteora, Ioannina, Vergina, Makrinitsa and Pelion, and Athens. Then we spent over a week together on the island of Kea, just relaxing and enjoying the sun and sea, swimming, sunbathing, eating bread from the fournos, reading, playing rummy, tending kittens, sipping ouzaki, and exploring the ancient sites of the island. I returned home rested and renewed, grateful for the precious time spent with the people I love most.
Over the next few posts I will share some highlights from the places we visited.
Our first stop was the archeological site of Delphi, with the famous oracle of Apollo. In the 6th century B.C.E, Dephi was an important religious centre in the ancient Greek world. According to mythology, Delphi was understood to be the meeting point of two eagles released by Zeus, one in the east and one in the west.
One of the ancient treasuries at Delphi.
The site of the ancient oracle of Apollo.
Looking up at the remains of the Temple of Apollo.
The remains of the Temple of Apollo.
High atop the cliffs, six (of an original 24) Greek Orthodox monasteries are precariously perched. Most are no longer inhabited although the two nunneries (convents) still house orders of nuns. It is thought that the monasteries were established sometime in the 14thcentury C.E. to provide refuge from invading Turks. This is a spectacular place to visit (though the treks up to the monasteries are arduous!) and the views are incredible. My favourite monastery was the Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
The Grand Meteora monastery.
Climbing up the Grand Meteora.
The views from the top. Kalambaka, the town nestled at the feet of Meteora.
The Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
Just imagine bringing up supplies in a basket like this!
An icon of the Holy Trinity of God.
St. Barbara, patron saint of the Greek artillery. From the Roussanou Monastery (nunnery).
The secret garden at Roussanou!