Meteora Sunset

It was blistering hot when I got to Kalambaka around 1400. After having dropping off my bag, I decided to take a walk around town in spite of the heat (probably not the smartest move.) I headed uphill to visit the Byzantine church of the Assumption. 

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I managed to snap a few illicit flash-free photos of its frescoes (I seem do do this quite often). If you look carefully, you can see Constantine on the left of the second photo. 

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Although I only walked for about an hour, it was time for a siesta, which in my case involved taking a shower and catching up on my journal entries. I left the place I was staying around 1900 to grab a bite to eat. When I got outside, I saw magnificent puffy clouds in the sky and immedately abandoned any plans for food in favor of finding a place to watch the sunset.

I walked west towards Kastraki, the next town over.

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I took a side road which led me to this hill. I saw a few people up there, so I decided to scramble up (they had left by the time I got up).

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The hill was covered in moss, and you can see the dominant gametophyte stage of its lifecycle:

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I got a nice view of the surrounding area from the top of the hill, and as the sun started to set, the light took on an almost magical quality.

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The moss on the hill and the stone cliffs behind the hill looked golden in the sunset.

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I took an absurd number of photos of the sunset itself. Here are some of the highlights.

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Finally, here is a panorama of the sunset over Kastraki.

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As I walked back towards Kalambaka, I ran into the two couples I had met in Delphi. They had told me they were going to Meteora next, but the area is large enough that I did not expect to see them again. I joined them for some fruit at a local restaurant, and they generously bought me some souvlaki for dinner since I had not yet eaten.

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By Ross in Travel on Fri 27 June 2014. Tags: Greece

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