Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 4 – Kalabaka⁩ and Meteora

After our party evening, we had a good nights rest and some coffee in the morning. After that, we hit the mountains behind Kalabaka to see the Meteora rocks and the monasteries up there. In the early 9th century monks started to stay in the caves there. It took another 500 years and they started to build the monasteries. The first woman who was ever allowed to enter one was Queen Marie of Romania in 1921. More information: Wikipedia

Kalabaka⁩
Downtown Kalabaka

Kalabaka⁩

Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Monastery of the Holy Trinity
It was build in 1475

Monastery of the Holy Trinity
Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Monastery

Inside the Holy Trinity Monastery
Inside the Holy Trinity Monastery

Looking down
Looking down – in the good old times people and goods travelled up here with ropes and nets.

View from the Inside the Holy Trinity Monastery
View from the Holy Trinity Monastery

Inside the Holy Trinity Monastery

Inside the Holy Trinity Monastery

Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Meteora

Meteora

Kalabaka from above
Kalabaka from above

Monastery of St. Stephen
Monastery of St. Stephen

Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas
Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas

Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapavsa
Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapavsa

It is a bit touristy here
It is a bit touristy here

Time to hit the road again and drive to Kozani where we planned to spend the night.

Above Verdikoussa
Above Verdikoussa

Outside Evangelismos
Outside Evangelismos

Above Leptokaria
Above Leptokaria

View over Limni Polyfytou
The Ladon Lake or the Ladon Reservoir

Bridge over Limni Polyfytou
Bridge over Limni Polyfytou

Cows
Cows

Goats
Goats

Unpaved roads
Unpaved roads

Only a few more kilometres
Only a few more kilometres

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 3 – Athens to Kalabaka⁩

After a few lazy days in Athens, it was time to hit the road. The car is old and the seats really shitty. There was no music only the radio – and no way to connect the iPhone. And even if – Mitsos has one of the worst tastes in music there is. So that part of the trip was horrible. The good part of the trip: Landscape – lots of it out there and we had blue sky for almost all the trip! On top of that, it was off-season so no tourists and since we took the small back roads not a lot of traffic. Great!

Close to Tanagra⁩
Close to Tanagra⁩

Close to Thiva⁩
Close to Thiva⁩

Somewhere after Xyniada⁩
Somewhere after Xyniada⁩

Close to Makryrrachi⁩
Close to Makryrrachi

Not a lot of traffic outside of Xyniada⁩
Not a lot of traffic outside of Xyniada⁩

Don't you love this roads?
Don't you love this roads?

Sheeps not to far from Tamasio⁩
Sheeps not to far from Tamasio⁩

The first of many trucks hauling cotton.
The first of many trucks hauling cotton. You see the white cotton next to the road!

Cotton county close to Menelaida⁩
Cotton county close to Menelaida⁩

Big sky close to Menelaida⁩
Big Sky!

Cotton trailer
Cotton trailer

Cotton Trailer

Happy Mitsos
Happy Mitsos – finally on the road!

Monument in Trikala town for those who fought in hill 731
Monument in Trikala town for those who fought at hill 731
Italy declared war to Greece after its denial to let Italian troops pass the land. One of the greatest battles was from 9th to the 26th of March 1941 and it was for the “Hill 731” located 20 Kilometres north of Kleisoura at Tepeleni Albania.

Monument in Trikala town for those who fought in hill ''731''

Waiting for the Italians to charge
Waiting for the Italians to charge

Follow the sun he said!
Back on the road again. Follow the sun he said!

More cotton fields
More cotton fields

The usual procedure - small vehicles bring the produce to the big trucks
The usual procedure – small vehicles bring the harvest to the big trucks

And with the big truck it goes to the factories
And with the big truck it goes to the factories

Close to Kallifono⁩
Close to Kallifono

From time to time a cotton truck slows down traffic
From time to time a cotton truck slows down traffic. But most of the time there is no traffic.

After Karditsa⁩
After Karditsa

Mitsos never stops eating
Mitsos never stops eating

The sun is low
The sun is low

And casts a nice shadow over the fields
And casts a nice shadow over the fields

More nice clouds before Sellanoi⁩
More nice clouds before Sellanoi

Finally dinner in Kalabaka⁩
Finally dinner in Kalabaka⁩

After dinner we found the best place in Kalabaka⁩
After dinner we found the best place in Kalabaka⁩

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 1 – Athens

Mitsos has some friends from Hamburg. They have the car from Germany on the island and are happy when somebody drives it back to Germany again. This year it worked well with my schedule. I took a flight down to Athens and we drove 3 weeks back to Stuttgart.

The first step is of course: A plane to Athens!

The last German beer for a while at STR
The last German beer for a while at STR

Nice day for the trip
Nice day for the trip

Time to bord the plane
Time to bord the plane

Good old Eurowings
Good old Eurowings

Eurowings at STR

Enough space
Enough space

The usual no thrills carrier layout
The usual no thrills carrier layout

Above STR Airport
Above STR Airport

Towards the Alb we fly
Towards the Alb we fly

Paid with miles this time - got free food.
Paid with miles this time – got free food

Since the flight was only 20€ for taxes I had a beer on top
Since the flight was only 20€ for taxes I had a beer on top of the “lunch pack”. And out of all the beers they have Warsteiner – grrrr

Somewhere over Montenegro
Somewhere over Montenegro

A Greek island
A Greek island – Athens is close!

When you arrive at the last terminal in Athens
When you arrive at the last terminal in Athens

You walk!
You walk!

And walk!
And walk!

And walk!
And walk!

And walk!
And walk!

And walk!
And walk!

Thanks for picking me up!
Thanks for picking me up from the airport!

Athens Bike Shop
The bike shop of Mitsos friend. We got some bike to cruise Athens for the day.

At the food place!
At the food place! I am in Thailand now and write this blog post. BUT – I want to be in Athens right now at this place for lunch!!

Happy Greek!
A happy Greek!

Lets fix the beer first
Lets fix the beer first

Graffiti
Graffiti

Hello Rebecca
Hello Rebecca! Long time no see 🙂

Not exactly greek food
Not exactly greek food

But Greek beer and a blue sky!
But Greek beer and a blue sky!