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.
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.
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.
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).
The hill was covered in moss, and you can see the dominant gametophyte stage of its lifecycle:
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.
The moss on the hill and the stone cliffs behind the hill looked golden in the sunset.
I took an absurd number of photos of the sunset itself. Here are some of the highlights.
Finally, here is a panorama of the sunset over Kastraki.
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.