Paragliding Trip: Meteora in Greece

Flying amongst giants

We flew over the mythical site of Meteora in Northern Greece. A strange place where monks reach the precarious monasteries by being hoisted up in a net…we chose to get up there on a paraglider.

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I have always wanted to visit the legendary and mythical site of Meteora. So when I decided to go, of course I had to take my glider and fly over the magical and unbelievable place. Meteora is both a natural and man-made miracle for want of a better word. The landscape is made up of the most incredible granite monoliths…towers of black rock that stretch their finger like shapes hundreds of feet into the air, pointing to the heavens. But as if this is not spectacular enough, perched on the top of each one sits a beautiful monastery! Hundreds of steep warn out steps carved into the granite are the only way to access these precariously balanced places of worship. The monks enter most of the monasteries by sitting in a large net and being hoisted up hundreds of feet on a pulley.

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We weren’t even sure if we would be able to find a place to fly here, but we were certainly going to try! And I am very glad that we did. Take off was extremely difficult on the only possible spot that we found, especially for Mike on the tandem with our sister as he skilfully slalomed through a meandering row of bushes in a cross wind. But we all got off….and went back to fly a second time too.

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Not exactly the best paragliding destination I have ever been to….but what a privilege to see this wonder of the world as it seen from the heavens!

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