Sunday, October 07, 2018

06b1018 BLOK

06b1018 BLOK
I´m in Kalambaka, some 15KM north of Trikala.
From my Edelweiss Hotel room I´m staring up at the Meteora (meaning:  suspended in space). 
This is a group of monlithic boulders, jutting up out of the valley floor, like a spiritual army.  Where monks, 500 years ago, discovering caves in the cliffs, climbed up and lived in them meditating `suspended in space.´  Then, later 24 monasteries were built on the top of these pillars (now only 6 remain).  This is what wiki., says about the geology of the Meteora, and how they were formed:
`Beside the Pindos Mountains, in the western region of Thessaly, these unique and enormous columns of rock rise precipitously from the ground (600-800 meters). But their unusual form is not easy to explain geologically. They are not volcanic plugs of hard igneous rock typical elsewhere, but the rocks are composed of a mixture of sandstone and conglomerate.
The conglomerate was formed of deposits of stone, sand and mud from streams flowing into a delta at the edge of a lake, over millions of years. About 60 million years ago during the Paleogene period[5] a series of earth movements pushed the seabed upwards, creating a high plateau and causing many vertical fault lines in the thick layer of sandstone. The huge rock pillars were then formed by weathering by water, wind and extremes of temperature on the vertical faults. It is unusual that this conglomerate formation and type of weathering are confined to a relatively localised area within the surrounding mountain formation.
This type of rock formation and weathering process has happened in many other places locally and throughout the world, but what makes Meteora's appearance special is firstly the uniformity of the sedimentary rock constituents deposited over millions of years leaving few signs of vertical layering, and secondly the localised abrupt vertical weathering.´
My photos. of these at www.cyclingpeace.org/gallery/
I´m waiting for Mr. Fetes, to ride up into the Meteora.  They have built hard surface roads up into and around, so possible. 
The Monastries charge for entrance, but no human skin exposed upon entering. No slacks for women, etc. So, me, I will make a donation, but not go inside.  I´ve been inside many Tibetan Buddehist monasteries, and Catholic Cathedrals.  Plus, if people or institutions can´t accept me as I am, then I don´t need to go.
Meteroa, the seoond most popular tourist site, second only to the Acropolis in Athens — of course, the Greek Islands, including Crete.
Trikala, where I´m trying to live, is some 330KM north of Athens, and a 5 hour train ride (for only $20U.S.).
H.
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