|view from ano meria|
Once back at the Chora, it was lunch before heading out to the Panagia. A steep path leads up to the church of Virgin Panagia, which sits perched on a dramatic cliff top above the town. I did not see anyone on my way up so unsurprisingly, there was nobody in the vicinity of the church. As I wandered around, I discovered that parts of the church building structure were actually steps, enabling one to easily climb to the top of the church's dome roof. At the top, I felt a certain calm and peace and the view of the Chora and surroundings was quite breathtaking.
|coastline of ano meria|
|cemetery along the the way to the panagia|
|shot from the cliff |
|quite breathtaking isn't it?|
As I was about to leave, another traveler showed up and we started chatting. A permanent resident of Greece from South Africa, he turned out to be one of the more interesting people that I have met in my travels. We went back to the Chora to have a beer and made arrangement to meet up again for dinner later. After an excellent dinner at a traditional taverna, it was on to a local bar for some Metaxa (Greek brandy). My newfound friend and I talked candidly about everything imaginable - from Greek travel to Greek wisdom, from sports to politics, from personal outlook in life to buying homes at various places.... I can get used to this kind of idyllic island life.