|The Roussanou Nunnery|
|Close up of the water (and weather) carved rocks|
|Now this holds a lot of wine|
On the next hill over, we visited the Varlaam Monastery which while smaller than the Megalo Meteoro, provided us with amazing views of where we had been. The visit to the Roussanou Nunnery required the steepest climb but the sweeping views made my initial fears worth it. (This entire day was a challenge to this height fearing traveler). While all of the monasteries were well kept, the grounds of the nunnery seemed more immaculate. The building itself felt more compact and we didn't see any evidence of wine making on the premise. Whereas the entrances to the monasteries had been manned by slovenly looking young men, nuns were at work in the nunnery collecting admission fees and monitoring the attire of visitors. (Women are required to wear skirts inside all of the monasteries and those who weren't already wearing them were provided with scarves that could be transformed into hastily made wraps. Men were supposed to be wearing long pants and as Glenn suffered through the intense heat in his we saw many men entering these holy places with knobbly knees showing). We also witnessed nuns sitting in corners of the nunnery silently making handcrafts.
All of the Meteora Monasteries were impressive but what I found the most awe inspiring was the physical location of each holy place. Perched upon the top of these hills, I continued to wonder about the effort and sheer willpower that constructing each of these buildings must have entailed. Which option was better- trekking goods up the hill or hoisting them in a basket? I couldn't decide which view was the most impressive: the top of the hills looking down provided one perspective but sitting at the bottom looking up was equally awe inspiring. The sweeping view from our hotel room balcony provided yet another perspective. I enjoyed all of the views. Everyone says that the best time to visit the area is in the winter when the hills and monasteries are snow covered. Now if only we can schedule a return visit to see if we agree.
|Meteora is in the middle; the Pindos Range is in the background|
|The morning view of the mountains as seen from|
our hotel room
|Night time perspective|