You come to Kalabaka, by the way, for the monasteries and view in Meteora.
|By the way, to get in, if you're a woman, no pants. You have to wear a skirt. Thus:|
|Boo ya. A scarf tied around my waist got me in. Apparently they prefer women to look ridiculous rather than wear pants.|
|The monasteries are filled with mural after mural of this creepy shit.|
|You can also buy grape and anise distilled liqueur 50% ABV - 7 euros at Monastery Varlaam.|
It is brutal.
Any in Kalabaka we stayed at a wonderful hostel called Koka Roka.
|Dinner menu at Koka Roka|
Their house wine - $3 euro for 500 ml - It was nice and sweet, very grape juicey, just like I like it.
|They cooked our dinners in the fire place right behind us.|
|You guessed it - bread! But this bread had just been grilled in that fire!|
|The sausage - 5.50 euros - was great|
|Souvlaki - 5.50 euros - Fired cooked is the only way to go for these|
|Meatballs: good, tasted kind of like cevapi|
As you can see, it all came with more cabbage and, of course, those same fries that are everywhere in the Balkans.
|The wall in the common room|
|Breakfast menu at Koka Roka|
The hot chocolate is just an instant packet, fyi.
|Omelet with feta and bacon: 5 euros- An omelet/scramble I guess - It was fine, if too oily. It seems breakfast isn't their strong suit. I'd eat dinner here once and get breakfast elsewhere or wait for lunch.|
|Greek coffee - Much like Bosnian coffee except they sweeten it for you (drat) - 1 euro|
It was too weak for me, so we went down the street in pursuit of another espresso.
|This one was a lukewarm espresso for 2 euros and came with a bottle of water.|
|The second day we tried one of the fast-foodish options for breakfast.|
|None of this shit is very good. It's probably similar in nutritional value to an American fast food breakfast sandwich, but it's not as inappropriately tasty.|
|In both Kotor and Kalambaka I had this kolache/pig-in-a-blanket thing, both times pointing to something and getting it as a surprise. Again, you might want to buy a piece of fruit for breakfast since lunch and/or dinner at a restaurant will be huge.|
Meteora Restaurant has gotten such good reviews on Google and Trip Advisor (if perhaps self-perpetuating) so we found it and tried it ourselves.
|They have about a million beer and really nice restrooms.|
|Very cute inside as well as a wonderful patio, where we ate.|
|You're given bread of course, though it's not very good here. Oh well, you have plenty of food.|
|It comes with a Greek salad.|
Next up: Ioaninna