Greece is widely understood to be the cradle of western civilization. After all, Greece gave the world democracy, the Olympics, philosophy, mathematics, architecture, poetry, drama. English, my native tongue, takes much of its vocabulary from the Greek language.

Greece’s beauty can offer surprises at every turn. It is much more than just the Acropolis and the islands

of the Aegean. For my first visit, I started inland, at a place where lush mountains and immense monuments of human spirituality converge in a fantastic landscape. Here, Orthodox Christian monks built monasteries atop pinnacles of rock rising up like skyscrapers from the valley floor.  It’s called ‘Meteora’ and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (more…)