An early start with a 4.5hr train journey from the main Athens station to Kalambaka, Meteora had us taking plan B (a taxi) instead of the metro due to huge queues of Athenians getting issued electronic tickets for their new metro ticketing system which was introduced today.
A taxi also got us to the station with just the right time buffer to catch the 8:20am train (even though numerous people had told us that it was an 8:30 departure, including the taxi driver).
This part of our trip we are using a local travel company and on arrival were transferred to our hotel (about 500m from the station). Moments later we were again picked up from the hotel for the Sunset tour of Meteora.
Meteora has been a relatively unknown marvel until only in recent times when the Roger Moore, 007 movie “For Your Eyes Only” featured Meteora as one of the set locations and since then has become a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most photographed locations in the world.
We’d seen photos of Meteora on Instagram and put it on our list of places to visit even though it is well out of the way, but nothing could prepare us for the spectacular, out of this world views before us, not only of the natural dolomite rock formations, but for the impressive monasteries perched high on top of them!
Photo’s simply don’t do the place justice...