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Saturday, June 22, 2013
All that is left of the grand ancient structure is a a few columns in the middle of a raised pedestal. Once, a massive statue of Zeus stood amidst the pillars.
Now, the ruins are situated between a bunch of hotels, and it feels like a spectacle of something forgotten and lost - a courtyard of a bruised memory translated by archaeologists and left for the tourists to fawn over. This is where the west began it says, like a warning or a prelude to a forgotten wish.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Meteora in northern Greece is a land of escape. The orthodox priests stole away to its strange natural rock towers, fleeing the Ottomans and building strange monasteries in the process that look every bit an affront to gravity. There, they were safe.
The towers are still used today. We visited this strange place, weaving up from Athens in a miniature Citroen, stopping to smell the sweet olive air along the way. Escaping.
I hope you enjoy these pictures of odd Meteora as much as I enjoyed taking them.
As the sun began to drop in the sky, we took some old country roads back from Meteora to Kalabaka for dinner. On our way we encountered a street completely filled with goats. It was magical. They all shouted and clonked and stopped to eat trees. Then a small man on a motorbike came and yelled at them and they all ran into a field. Oh goats.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Meteora is a region filled with monasteries and nunneries, built precariously on dramatic rock formations to deter the Ottoman invaders of years passed. In the largest monastery in the region, Grand Meteora, there was this room filled with skulls. It felt very eerie and like something was not quite right in there.