Time for Greece post #2! Life is well back to normal at this point and references to all things Greek have slowed down in my day-to-day conversation topics (my friends are more than happy to note, I’m sure). Nevertheless, the blogging must go on. I left off in Meteora, with those spectacular rock formations and the monasteries perched above them. We start this series in the Zagori, a series of tiny mountain towns (46 of them) that retain an enormous amount of charm.
The Zagori is a very special place. Many of the villages weren’t connected by road at all until the last 50 years – the most remote ones not until the 70s. Used to be the only way one could get between the villages was by “goat trails” built into the mountain, and cross the rivers by bridges like this one, built in the 1700s. It’s hard to tell from this angle, but that bridge was *enormous*. Also, a brisk Arctic wind was blowing through the riverbed. It’s easy to forget you’re in the mountains when the sun is shining, but the Zagori reminded us when we got to the valley and the shade.