On the morning of our second full day in Korinthia we left Ano Trikala and started the long drive up to Varnevo, one of the peaks of the Ziria mountains. It was a steep climb and every so often we would come across these snow markers which gave us an idea of how deep the snow can get here in winter.
We liked this rock that is so much like a sculpture
We then we got to this snow marker that Ken had tied a ribbon on to indicate how far up the mountain he walked every morning. The odometer showed 6 kilometres which means he walked 12 kilometres every morning - he would get back to our guesthouse just as I was waking up. He was deservedly very proud of what he achieved every day and decided to pose next to the indicator of his achievement.
Our first stop was the plateau at the top of the Ziria mountain, 2,080 metres above sea level. It's very popular with skiers in the winter
this is the ski slope - there are two pistes one for advanced skiers and one for beginners.
There are two ski lifts
A small chalet serves as a restaurant and resting place for the skiers.
At the end of August every year there is a three-day music festival and people arrive from every part of Greece to listen to bands, to do tai chi and all the other things people do during festivals these days.
I have never come across this plant before, but they were everywhere
We were surrounded by mountains
and we enjoyed the views.
We got back in the car and started our descent - our next stop was the observatory
of the Mountain Fire Rescue Service - CCVT cameras everywhere.
We had 360 degree views
we could even see the sea, the same view we enjoyed from the terrace of our guest house
the Ziria mountain range, the Corinthian gulf and in the distance, the mainland
we could also see Trikala, the village where we were staying