Ano Pedina, Zagoria, Greece
Primoula Hotel - a wonderful place to stay run by Stella and Titos - the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Find out more at http://www.primoula.gr
Lounge at Primoula
The hotel also has some wonderful self contained suites
Noah - a Pointer who was rescued by Titos and Stella and who loved to accompany us on long walks
The zagoria is famous for its stone bridges built by wealthy villagers as a means of showing off
Kokori's stone bridge
Skala Vradito - A steep path up the mountainside
Looking down the skala (stairway)
The view from the top was worth it - looking into the Vikos Gorge
Aghia Paraskevi - near the village of Monodhendri
The frescos are hundreds of years old but still look good
View from the monastery.
The Vikos Gorge is the world's deepest canyon when measured with reference to its depth and the distance between its rims
Start of the path into the Vikos gorge
A cairn marks the way
Follow the red dots
Jane walks cautiously
Down on the riverbed - dry in September but full in the winter
Storm clouds gather but luckily the rain mostly misses us
They say that Vikos looks a little like the Grand Canyon and you can see why
Nearing the end of the walk
A long climb out brings us to a last view of the upper part of the gorge. It took 7 hrs to get here.
We moved on to Mikro Papigo at the end of the gorge and stayed at Hotel Papaevangelou with its fabulous mountain view
GreeceVikos gorgeZagoria. Papaevangelou2011
Hotel Papaevangelou; a wonderful place run by the kind and helpful Georgios. Their website is http://www.hotelpapaevangelou.gr
The grapes were ready for picking. Georgios' family make their own wine and spirit from these. And at breakfast the jams and preserves are made by Georgios' mum
Fancy a shack with a view?
looking towards the Koutsomitros mountains
Panoramic of the Astraka range
The Voidhomatis springs rise at the end of the Vikos gorge. They have water all year round.
The Voidhomatis offers a tranquil, if slightly challenging, walk.
Another stone bridge at the end of the walk and a chance to eat a lovely meal at the nearby taverna
What do we look like!
BridgeGreeceVoidomatis riverZagoria. Rob and Jane2011
A last sight of Astraka before heading on
After several hours on the bus we reach the Meteora - and a complete change of scene. We stayed at Lithos rooms in Kastraki. We'd highly recommend staying here.
The rocks around Kastraki and Kolimbaka are very strange and especially eerie in misty weather
No one quite knows how these strange rock formations came about. They are totally unique to this small area of Greece.
Sunlight casts interesting shadows. An Angel or Count Dracula?