They all had breads: May 11, 2106
Today we began our journey to Northern Greece. We were joined by a couple from Kauai, Karen and Jerry. Our final destination was to be Meteora, a monastery located high on some rocks in the central part of the country. Let me say, they are spectacular, but we had a couple of stops prior to reaching there.
We stopped at a location that held a historical battle between a million Persians and a few thousand Greeks. The place is called Thermopyle which happened in 480b.c. It became the story line behind the popular motion picture called 300. Where 300 Spartans held off the Persian forces before their final defeat. Although the exact location is covered under layers of silt, we were given a great verbal picture of what the place must have looked like. You could see how it was possible to fend off such a large force for even a couple of days. After this stop and history lesson, we headed toward Meteora.
This place began in the 11 century a.d. when a few Hermits were attracted to the seclusion found in the rock cliffs. We could see places where they would climb to small caves up on the cliffs and began to build small dwellings. Eventually monasteries were built. We were able to reach one of them which also included a small chapel. These pictures don’t do justice to this site. This began in the 11 C.a.d. and they are still expanding a few of them.
Since we spent considerable time in the van traveling we didn’t see a lot of sites, but what we experienced was incredible. Oh, by the way our tour guide said that the movie 300 is somewhat accurate in it’s depiction of the battle at Thermopyle. He said that all the actors in the film had beards like those of the real Spartans, I guess you can read into that what you want.