After leaving Agia Trias, I set out to hike around the area and explore some other monasteries.
Here is the monastery of Agios Stefanos (St. Stephen). A seemingly endless line of tour buses was pulling up to the monastery, so I elected to enjoy it from a distance:
Next, I stopped at Rousanu, which is a nunnery. I overheard from one of the tour guides that it has the most residents of any of the Meteora monasteries.
It has a beautiful garden.
It also has a barnacle porch. Note the ladder on the wall below the porch.
This is a nice spot to relax and enjoy the view.
Here is one fresco from the chapel depicting the martyrdom of various saints, complete with detached heads and everything.
Finally, a photo of Rousanu in the distance, with the rock cliffs of Meteora as a backdrop.
The next stop on the monastery tour was Varlaam.
Here I am outside the monastery (the one in the background is the monastery of Grand Meteoron).
In the monastery, there is a really huge barrel.
You can see the traditional and modern goods delivery systems side by side. Here is the traditional winch and net:
And here is the modern version. The net has been replaced by a metal box, which you can see on the valley floor. The metal cart is also on wheels, and can move back and forth on a short set of rails.
On my way out, I met two canine caretakers:
And one feline.
Finally, I visited the largest of the monasteries, the monastery of Great Meteoron.
The path up the the monastery involves many sets of stairs, and on one occasion passes through a narrow tunnel. I got a nice view of Varlaam through the tunnel.
It has for the most part been turned into a museum, and there are exhibits on Greek history and folklife, liturgical objects, and manuscripts. More interesting than these were the rooms which were set up the way they would have been in the nineteenth century.
This is the storeroom:
With closeups of wine casks, barrels, and presses:
Here is the ossuary.
And the kitchen. You can see the food preparation area and the cookpot:
Here is the balcony outside the kitchen:
I like these photos taken through the balcony railing and supports.
After leaving Great Meteora, I still had several hours of daylight left, so I decided to take quick hike down one of the numerous trails in the area. I stumbled across this mysterious staue (the Greek inscription was mostly eroded).
I also found an abandoned monastery.
I walked up the stairs leading up to it, but the door was barred.