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  • Day84

    Land of Surprises

    November 18, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

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    The rainy weather in Albania and Macedonia had been bad on my mood. It was time to enjoy a few sunrays. Greece is known as an autumn domicile and so I went on with my trip to the Greek border with full euphoria. In Macedonia, I had thought about my further route through Greece. My dad suggested that we meet in Antalya, enjoy the sun and spend some relaxing days together. This sounded great and so the approximate direction was fixed, south to Athens.

    On the way to the border to Greece I met Keith from Canada on the roadside. He has been riding a singlespeed bike (only one gear) for several years. He was just assembling a smaller chainring to the crank because several climbs followed. The effort would be too way too much for me, but he probably belongs to a handful of people who are cycletouring like this. After it was raining again, we decided to look for a suitable place to stay. We found an abandoned house on a resting place, exchanged our travel experiences and let the evening end with good food. The next day, our paths separated. I cycled further south to Greece, Keith to the north.

    The following days in Greece were very rainy. At first I was still on gravel roads, but I remained stuck in the mud, so I switched to paved roads. In the evening, I fortunately found in a canopy, under which I could sleep. I just arrived at the new sleeping place, two small dog-puppies ran out of the abandoned side building. There was no trace of the mom.
    Both dogs, who I dubbed Blacky and Whitey, spent the whole night with me. I would have loved to take both with me.

    In the morning the sun finally came out and the landscape became greener and more mountainous. In the late evening I arrived in the small village of Meteora. The name sounds very special and so is the landscape surrounding the small village. Huge ridge towers rising in the air as if they had fallen from the sky. I stayed couple days to go hiking and enjoying the views.

    After three days I set off again. I stopped at the supermarket and to my surprise I met two other cyclists. Ruggero from Italy and Brian from the USA. Both of them met in South America and went cycling together for a month. Meanwhile, Ruggero has been on the bike for two years and is about to end his trip. Both had arranged for a trip to Greece and were also on the road to Athens. We decided to go to Athens together, which was a great pleasure to me. We three were immediately on a wavelength.
    We cycled through lonely mountain roads, fought rain, found shelters in churches, were invited by local people to have breakfast and a Ouzo (which usually amounted to three / four). The people were incredibly friendly and helpful.
    Arriving at the sea, we took a bus to Athens, where we spent two days together and walked through the city. Then our paths separated. Meanwhile, Ruggero has returned to Italy. Brian is now biking in Central Asia.

    My path now led to Turkey. There was the possibility to take either a fly or a ferry. I chose the ferry, which is much more relaxed with the bike. The ferry drove over night to the Greek island of Rhodes. I arrived at noon, but on the same day no ferry left for Turkey. I checked on the mobile phone the size of the island, which is with a length of about 100 km is not too big and decided to circumnavigate the island in two days. The sun burned down and the 32 degrees caused my first defect on the trip. My tires had too much pressure, whereupon the front tube burst. In the parking lot, where I just changed the tube, a couple tried to get their scooter to run. A tube on the engine was torn and my broken tube was quickly misused. A few minutes later the scooter ran again. Apparently, it was no coincidence that this should happen at this parking lot.
    After 220 km in the legs I arrived the next day on time at the port and took the ferry to Turkey.

    Greece was full of surprises and everything came out quite differently than I had planned and expected. These are the moments that make such a trip so special.
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  • Day41


    February 10 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    14th century monasteries built in a unique geological area. Slightly difficult to appreciate given a headache plus 10 hours on the train.

  • Day185

    Meteora, am Morgen

    November 7, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    "Der Name Metéora leitet sich von meteorizo (μετεωρίζω) ab, was „in die Höhe heben“ bedeutet. Dieser Name beschreibt die Lage der Klöster, die auf hohen Sandsteinfelsen gebaut wurden und bei dunstiger Luft manchmal zu schweben scheinen.

    Die gesamte Anlage besteht aus 24 einzelnen Klöstern und Eremitagen, von denen heute nur noch sechs bewohnt sind. Die restlichen achtzehn Klöster sind entweder zu schwer zu erreichen oder wurden wegen Einsturzgefahr verlassen."

    Wir stehen heute extra früh auf um den Sonnenaufgang zu genießen. Doch es ist bedeckt und die Wolken verziehen sich nur langsam.

    Die Klöster sind zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten auf, die meisten jedoch auch nur über viele Treppen erreichbar. Das was am leichtesten zugänglich ist macht erst um 9:30 Uhr auf.
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  • Day184


    November 6, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Weiter geht es Richtung Westen, an Thessaloniki vorbei und dann etwas nach Süden. Wir wollen den Olymp umfahren und hoffen etwas von Ihm zu sehen.

    Heute ist es leider sehr dunstig und wir sehen Ihn nur schemenhaft. Aber es scheint ruhig bei Zeus und Co zu sein, kein Blitz und Donner.

    Dann geht es wieder nach Westen. Nach 400 km erreichen wir Meteora, die schwebenden Klöster.

    Diese Kulisse ist beeindruckend.

    Morgen früh soll das Licht besser sein, wir werden sehen.
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  • Day185

    Meteora, St. Stephen

    November 7, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Agios Stéphanos: Das 1312 gegründete Kloster wird ebenfalls noch bewohnt. Die Besiedlung des Felsens ist aber wohl älter. Bis 1927 war eine Inschrift erhalten geblieben, die auf eine Einsiedelei im Jahr 1192 schließen lässt. Im 19. Jahrhundert lebten noch mehr als 30 Mönche im Kloster, mit abnehmender Tendenz. Im Jahr 1960 war es praktisch verlassen und wurde 1961 in ein Frauenkloster umgewandelt.Read more

  • Day3


    June 20, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Nun sah das Wetter besser aus und wir starteten zu den Metéora-Klöstern. Kurz zusammengefasst is das ein Haufen Klöster erbaut ab dem 14. Jhd, die auf Felsnadeln sitzen welche wiederum durch einen Strudel in einem ehemaligen See (sowie anschließende Erdbeben/Erosion) hier entstanden. Und sind Unesco.
    Fing zwar bei Ankunft zu schütten an (somit kein Zelten..), aber damit kamen wir im "Host El Greco" in den Genuss, eine kleine Wanderung mit Dimitri zu unternehmen und nebenbei die "Drachenhöhle" zu erkunden.
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  • Day209


    July 17, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We never expected to see landscape like this in Greece: Meteora was a monolithic rock formation of epic proportions, towering over the ugly industrial town of Kalabaka like some kind of spaceship. It was totally incongruous with the rest of the landscape which was otherwise fairly non-descript. It was akin to some of the awesome gorges we had visited in Morocco. Except in true Greek style, there were some ancient monasteries balancing on the very top of the outcrops. It blew our mind. We drove in a loop all the way to the top view points and then we drove on until we were exhausted and fed up, when we reached, near Greneva, a beautiful small gorge with lush emerald green river flowing through it, full of fish and a few holiday makers having a dip at sunset.Read more

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Kastráki, Kastraki, Καστράκιον

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