I love climbing things. There’s something about using your own two legs to hike up something that makes you feel accomplished and insubstantial all at the same time.
When we were in Greece not so very long ago, we decided to visit the beautiful monasteries of Meteora—
—positioned on spires of stone. Monks moved up onto the rocks for seclusion. Some even going so far as to build themselves homes in the sides of rocks.
Of course the world being what it is, seclusion has been replaced by tourism, but the monasteries are amazing and well worth the visit.
The trick is you have to climb to most of them. And not like a flight or two of stairs. Like a lot, a LOT, of stairs.
Theoretically, you’re supposed to be able to hike between all of the monasteries and visit them in one day…we didn’t do that. (more…)