One of the stops on our trip to Mt. Olympus last year was the Monastery of St. Dionysios, near Litochoro. The old monastery was established in the 16th century and was unfortunately destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War. The new one was build some kilometers away from the ruins and its church is in the traditional Orthodox style that you can find all around the Balkans.
Palaios Panteleimonas is a mountain village in Greece with a magnificent view of the sea (where you couldn’t really see where the sky ended and the sea began) and mount Olympus. I got the chance to visit it during our trip to Olympus with an organised excursion which meant that we were in a huge bus, driving on small, steep, winding, mountain streets and I swear, a couple of times the bus was so close to falling off the road. But I have to say the risk of dying paid off because we could enjoy this amazing sight.
Going to the seaside in Greece this year, I decided on a place near Mount Olympus (Leptokaria was the place). The thought behind this choice was that I really like mountains and besides wanting to go to Olympus, I really liked the idea of lying on the beach or swimming in the warm sea and looking at the huge mountains in the background. And indeed, the view from the little town was pretty impressive and sitting on the terrace in our hotel to the one side we could see the sea and to the other the mountains. I could get used to this view.
Lying on a beach in Greece, listening to the constant sound of the waves and gathering up sunshine like a happy lizard, I could almost shut up my overly worrying mind. The water was clear and clean, the beach wasn’t crowded and my boyfriend was diving and looking for underwater wonders. For a while, I could relax and stop panicking about my future and about my present and all the things that could go wrong.
Moments of peace have been so rare this year. I am amazed every time they come around.