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monasteries of Meteora

The mountains and monasteries of Meteora, northern Greece

“Suspended in the air”. That’s the meaning of Meteora. These monasteries of northern Greece live up to this translation, perching on rock massifs hundreds of metres above the valley floor, seemingly defying the forces of gravity. The history of the monasteries At the height of construction in the 14th & 15th centuries, some 24 monasteries inhabited […]

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Budapest to Athens

Greek, long division, packing, and my mum’s email needs: Budapest to Athens here I come!

Budapest to Athens: It’s only five days and counting until I shake off my Eastern Europe /Balkans virginity on my month-long solo trip. Several practical questions – beyond the emotional ones around the excitement of it all – are whizzing around my head as I count down the days to my departure. Why hadn’t a trip […]

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