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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea; Meteora favorites


Cross View

Below are today’s Fun Photo Favorites from Meteora:

Tough Climb!

Meteora Candlesticks

Prayer Rock

Scenic Colors

Taking the Elevator

At the Base

Meteora

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54 Days at Sea — Traipsing around Meteora


Monastery of Greater Meteoron (Kloster der Verklärung Christi)

Our visit to Meteora this day included several of the monasteries still in use, including the Greater Meteoron and St. Stephan’s.

St. Stephan’s Monastery

And, yes, it’s a tough trek both up and down those steep cliffs!

Monastery of Greater Meteoron (Kloster der Verklärung Christi)

Just kidding. The monasteries we visited were readily accessible by bus, and only relatively short walks were necessary to get to the structures.

Meteora

I would now like to take a moment to introduce you to one half of the neatest pair of people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting on any of our cruises. Pictured below is Tina Faulkner, a Future Cruise Consultant for Holland America. She is married to another Future Cruise Consultant, Thom Faulkner, who at the time of this cruise was serving with Holland America as the Cruise Director for the M.S. Prinsendam. They still serve together on Holland America ships, so if you run into them please say “hello” for Ursula and me, and get to know them. They’re a great couple of people.

Tina Faulkner — Future Cruise Consultant for Holland America

Now for some more images of some of the monasteries we visited along with Tina Faulkner and others:

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54 Days at Sea — Meteora, Greece


Monastery of the Holy Trinity — Meteora

M.S. Prindendam arrived to Volos, Greece, on April 24. But over the next several days you won’t find photos of Volos in my upcoming articles, for Volos was not the destination we had in mind. Does the monastery above look a tad familiar? If you are a Roger Moore fan you’ve probably seen it before, in the film For Your Eyes Only. That is the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, and it’s located at our next destination — Meteora.

View from Meteora

At its peak, Meteora was home to some 24 monasteries. Today only six remain active, housing as of 2015 some 41 nuns in two m0nasteries and around 15 monks in the other four.

A monk returning from prayer

One of the preserved examples is the St. Nicholas Anapausas Monastery seen here:

St. Nicholas Anapausas Monastery

Now for some more images from Meteora:

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