http://davidsbeenhere.com In this episode, David Hoffmann takes a moment to teach us some of the basics of the Greek language with his friend George in Meteora, Greece. Greek is one of the world’s oldest languages, dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C. It is also the world’s oldest recoded living languages, with written inscriptions on clay tablets dating back to between 1450 and 1350 B.C.! Modern-day Greeks obviously don’t speak ancient Greek anymore, and travelers would be surprised to know that Greek words are present throughout our everyday vocabulary such as medical terms and numbers.
In this Greek language introduction, George and David go over some basic words in Greek so that you can familiarize yourself with what it sounds like. Common words and phrases include Hello or “Yassas” and the days of the week. We hope this Greek language introduction gives you a “taste” of the Greek culture, and it is our hope you’ll one day get to explore Meteora, the beautiful heart of Greece.
http://davidsbeenhere.com In this episode of the David’s Been Here web show, David takes viewers through the beautiful lands of Meteora, Greece. Situated in Thessaly, Meteora lies in the heart of Greece. Meteora literally translates into ‘suspended in the air’. Here David shows and tells us what to see and do in Meteora, Greece.
Meteora has two main towns, Kastraki village and the town of Kalabaka, which is home to the majority of hotels, restaurants, and shops. A must-do for anyone is a guided half-day bus tour. You’ll get to experience the unique landscapes of Meteora’s stone forest. Even from the bus there are incredible vistas. You’ll stop at the Great Meteoran Monastery, which is the oldest, tallest, and largest monastery here. Admission to the monastery is 3 euros.
David’s bus tour also stops by one of the most ancient sites in Greece, Theopetra Prehistoric Cave. Since excavations began in the 80’s several important finds have been made. Among them include human bones, stone tools and human footprints dating back 135,000 years! Meteora also has a lot in store for adventure travelers. One of the main activities is hiking through the Stone Forest. When you go on your hike, your guide will give you history lessons and legends along the way.
If you’re willing to do a short but challenging climb, you’ll be rewarded with picturesque views from Dragon’s Cave. Adrenaline junkies: Meteora has you covered. If you want to bring the adventure up a notch, try scramble hiking. This type of hike is similar to rock climbing but requires less equipment and the use of your hands to pull yourself up the ropes. You’ll be rewarded with epic views of Kalabaka. Traditional rock climbing is also an option for experienced and newbie climbers alike.
And if you didn’t know Meteora has wineries! Loudas Winery is a family-run boutique winery 5 minutes from Kalabaka. They’ve been open since 2006 and specialize in both Greek and international varieties. Come to taste some of Meteora’s most popular wines and buy gifts for your family and friends back home. If you’re there during the September harvest season you’ll get to see the winemaking process first hand, and possibly get a tour from the owner himself.
If you’re wondering how to limit what to see and do in Meteora, just know this: You CAN’T miss a sunset tour. There are two popular viewpoints where groups gather to see the sunset. It is truly a sunset you won’t soon forget. It’s also a great time to photograph the dramatic rock formations that Meteora is known for.
An old ruined mansion and sunlight are the characters of this short experimental clip.
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