Sometimes people buy things without knowing the real meaning of them. One of such things is KOMBOSKINI. They are sold in every monasteryand may remind an armlet of friendship:)
Actually, this thing is rather a “friend” of a monk, because it used to count prayers. The meaning of them is almost the same as of Roman Catholic rosaries: one knot for one prayer. If fact, this thing has a great turnover at the counters of monasteries because of the following reasons:
Komboskini is a practical thing that helps to pray.
Komboskini is a handwork of a praying monk and therefore monk's prayers are saved in the knots.
It is said that komboskini have power to preserve owner from evil force.
Unique Suggestions: Komboskini available in women’s monastery Roussanou are done more thoroughly and look nicer.
Fun Alternatives: It depends on your choice:
Big quantity and marketable appearance of komboskini available in women’s monastery may mean that nuns are more concerned at business; I learnt that these komboskini are not made in Meteora, but another monastery of GR.
Rough handwork and small quantity of komboskini made in men’s monasteries may mean either heavy work or great demand, or they do not like praying too much:)
(God, forgive me for worldly thoughts…)
P.S. I still have them (from 2002 till 2005). I put them on my arm when I am going to a battle. They protect me, my little miraculous komboskini...
2010: sorry, I was naive: the quality is too good to be handmade. Factory or China
To my great surprise the VT-database of destinations in Greece is almost empty. I couldn’t find several destinations: Prefecture of Fthiotida – Thermopiles, Prefecture of Attica - Vravrona; Prefecture of Trikala - Kalambaka.
I’ve put a question on VT Technical Forum if anybody had any idea how to put pages on these destinations here.
Kiwi (Pam) helped me to find the following location.
Most people have put their Kalambaka pages here: Meteora.
She said it could be a good idea to follow suit, so VT can locate them in the correct place when they are able to. I quite agree with her!
Remember to take something to eat and a lot to dring to your visit to Meteora monastries. There'll be no normal shops on your way, only van vendors offering snacks and drinks at horrible prices.
Also don't buy gadgets, books, maps or anything from those vendors. You'll be able to purchase exactly the same things in Kastraki or Kalambaka at normal prices (50% or even 70% cheaper).
Unique Suggestions: Should you forget to take food and/or drink with you, buy only chocolate or bananas and mineral water.
Crowds and high season rates are guaranteed from July 1st to October 15th.
Unique Suggestions: You must visit them!!
Fun Alternatives: The Monasteries of Meteora may be visited year round but the weather is wet and cool from December to March.
May and June are the best months for comfortable weather, low season rates and the opportunity to leisurely explore the area.
Remember that since Kastraki is the last town before entering the Meteora tour, everything is tourist oriented...event the price!!!
Fun Alternatives: I suggest you to buy anything you think you will need for the tour, in Kalambaka. Everything is cheaper than in Kastraki.
While you going up by the stairs, be careful. There are some tunnels on the way. They are too humble so you have to walk atilt.
You can be knock up of shining to monasteries. Some of them has road to entrance. But, some has stairways with more than a hundred steps. Take a flat shoes with you.