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The Majestic Mountains of Greece – H Ορεινή Ελλάδα

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Greece is famous for its endless sun and sea.  We have many islands and the coastlines that go along with them. But that is not all we have.  Mainland Greece is actually very mountainous with a sierra running down the length of the country.  About a month ago I took a trip to the mountains… the real boondocks. This trip was in the morning not at sunset like my previous journey to the top of the world. I am showing you a different Greece… the Majestic Mountains of Greece. 

Η Ελλάδα  φημίζεται για τον ατελείωτο ήλιο και τη θάλασσα της. Έχουμε πολλά νησιά και παραλίες. Αλλά αυτό δεν είναι το μόνο που έχουμε. Η ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα είναι πραγματικά πολύ ορεινή με μια οροσειρά που διατρέχει το μήκος της χώρας. Περίπου πριν από ένα μήνα έκανα ένα ταξίδι στα βουνά …τα πραγματικά boondocks. Αυτό το ταξίδι ήταν το πρωί, όχι όπως το προηγούμενο ταξίδι μου στην κορυφή του κόσμου . Πρόκειται για μια διαφορετική Ελλάδα … η ορεινή Ελλάδα.

A trip to the mountains The Majestic Mountains of Greece
A 15 minute drive from the coastline brought us to the mountain peaks full of snow.  The altitude here must be about 3,000 ft. 

Οδηγώντας 15 λεπτά από τις ακτές μας έφερε στις βουνοκορφές γεμάτες χιόνι. Το υψόμετρο εδώ πρέπει να είναι περίπου 1.000 μέτρα.

Snow Caps The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Snow on the hillside The Majestic Mountains of Greece
The area is full of unusual rock formations. 

Η περιοχή είναι γεμάτη από ασυνήθιστους βραχώδεις σχηματισμούς.

And lots of winding roads.

Και πολλούς δρόμους με στροφές.

Winding Roads, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Winding Roads in the valley, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
There is even a monastery built on the side of a rocky mountain. 

Υπάρχει και ένα μοναστήρι χτισμένο στην πλαγιά ενός βραχώδους βουνού.

A Monestary on the side of the mountain, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
As the day progressed we reached our destination, a tiny little village cut off from the rest of the world. There are small villages nestled inside the crevices of mountain sides.  Many of them  have very few occupants but in the summertime they are full of life.

Καθώς η ημέρα προχωρούσε φτάσαμε στον προορισμό μας, ένα μικρό χωριουδάκι αποκομμένο από τον υπόλοιπο κόσμο. Υπάρχουν μικρά χωριά φωλιασμένα μέσα στις   πλάγιες  των βουνών.  Πολλά από αυτά έχουν λίγους κάτοικους, αλλά το καλοκαίρι είναι γεμάτα ζωή.

A small village tucked into the mountain folds, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Snow peaks all around, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Clouds creating shadows The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Bushes in the plains, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
On the way back we find more rock formations. 

Επιστρέφοντας θα βρείτε περισσότερα πετρώματα.

More rock formations, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Majestic  Rocks, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
Of course no photo essay would be complete without this!  The mountains are full of grazing sheep who block the roads and create major traffic jams. 

Φυσικά καμία έκθεση δεν θα ηταν πλήρης χωρίς αυτό! Τα βουνά είναι γεμάτα από πρόβατα που βόσκουν, κλείνουν τους δρόμους και  δημιουργούν κυκλοφοριακό  πρόβλημα.

Sheep grazing The majestic Mountains of Greece
Looking down to the bay, The Majestic Mountains of Greece
The view up here is breathtaking and if you look close enough you can see the Corinthian Bay.

Η θέα από εδώ κόβει την ανάσα και αν κοιτάξετε, μπορείτε να δείτε τον Κορινθιακό κόλπο.

View from Mountain to the Corinthian Bay, Mountainous Greece
Yes, Greece is not all beaches and sand. After all, the Ancient Gods all lived up on Mount Olympus… the Majestic Mountains of Greece indeed. Are you surprised to see all these mountains or did you think the Gods frolicked on the beach?

Ναι, η Ελλάδα δεν είναι μόνο παραλίες και άμμο. Αφού οι αρχαίοι Θεοί ζούσαν στον Όλυμπο … στην Ορεινή Ελλάδα. Εκπλαγείτε με όλα αυτά τα βουνά ή μήπως νομίζατε ότι οι Θεοί διασκέδαζαν στην παραλία;

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Monday 16th of May 2016

Mary, Greece is such a beautiful place!! Those mountains are magnificent. Your pictures are awesome, like something you would see in a magazine or on a postcard!! Thank you for the trek into the mountains!


Monday 16th of May 2016

I'm glad I was able to share these with all of you. No matter how many times I go up there, I am always left speechless.


Monday 16th of May 2016

Absolutely beautiful!! What a lovely country.


Monday 16th of May 2016

Thank you Kim. It is full of contrasts.


Monday 16th of May 2016

Mary, Greece is beautiful! I must admit, I don't associate it with mountains, especially snowy ones, so this is really stunning to see! Thank you for your tour, your photos are all amazing and I really enjoyed "visiting" your part of Greece!


Monday 16th of May 2016

It is a country full of contradictions. This was taken at the start of April and the snow had not melted yet, but we are talking about altitude. I'm sure it must get really cold at night up there. Thanks for your sweet words.


Monday 16th of May 2016

Beautiful pictures! The second to the last one reminded me on the Jemez mountains in New Mexico. I was surprised at how much snow you still have on the mountains. Is there skiing in Greece? The monastery on side of the mountain is amazing.


Monday 16th of May 2016

There are lots of ski resorts in Greece because we have lots of mountains. The photos were taken at the start of April so it was still a bit chilly up there. The monestary was originally built in 362 AD. Very old. Many were built up in the mountains to hide away from attackers.

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