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Mike's Odyssey to Greece - 2005

Part 9: Vouraikos Gorge

So, after boarding the train at Diakofto, we began our slow winding journey up through the Vouraikos Gorge.  The journey goes up 765 meters along its 22.4 kilometer course through some of the most beautiful country anywhere in the world.

Going up the Gorge.

A hole eroded into the canyon wall over the eons.

The red rocks and steep canyons reminded us of scenes from the American Southwest, like places such as Arizona or Colorado.

Steep red canyon walls.

Lots of holes in these walls.  It's definitely NOT Arizona or Colorado...

Purple trees
One of the many flowering purple trees in the gorge.

A waterfall in the gorge.

Another waterfall on the other side of the train.

The winding river below the tracks.

Winding river
Another shot of the river.

A tunnel on the trip.

One of the cool sites along the way is a monastery built up into the cliffs called Mega Spileou.  We couldn't get tickets to stop there (tickets for the Diakofto-Kalavryta train are in high demand and sell out quickly, so plan ahead), but we passed it and I got some pictures of it.

A normal view of Mega Spileou.

Mega Spileou as seen through my zoom lens.

A close-up of the monastery.

Continue on to Part 10:  Kalavryta (or "Why do we always find depressing places among the fun ones?")