Mt. Olympus, Meteora, Crete, & the Greek Isles

All photos by Jason Mills or Jordanna Max Brodsky.

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On Mt. Olympus
On Mt. Olympus

The lower slopes of the mountain are covered in bright wildflowers and buzzing with insects.

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Summit of Mt. Olympus at Dawn
Summit of Mt. Olympus at Dawn

View from the mountain shelter ("refuge") at dawn, before starting out for the final ascent to the summit.

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Summits of Olympus
Summits of Olympus

View from the Skala Plateau. To the right is Mytikas, "the nose," the highest peak of Olympus.

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Skala Plateau
Skala Plateau

Jordanna slogging her way up the Skala Plateau, the final leg of the hike before reaching "Mytikas."

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Hiking Mt. Olympus
Hiking Mt. Olympus

Thin air, no sleep, and a grueling hike nearly kill Jordanna.

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Summit of Mount Olympus
Summit of Mount Olympus

A small Greek flag marks the summit of the nation's highest peak--and the home of the Olympians.

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Mytikas
Mytikas

The summit of Olympus as seen from the Skala Plateau beneath. The scale is deceptive. If you look VERY closely, you should be able to see a tiny speck of a hiker.

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Path to Mytikas
Path to Mytikas

Red dots mark the way along a narrow ridge that leads to the summit. Clouds block the view on either side.

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Meteora
Meteora

Sunset over Meteora in northern Greece, site of monasteries spectacularly situated on natural fingers of rock.

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Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries
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Santorini
Santorini
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Santorini
Santorini
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Milos
Milos
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Milos
Milos
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Milos
Milos
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Balos Lagoon, Crete
Balos Lagoon, Crete

This is where I imagine Orion lies resting beside the sea, communing with his father Poseidon.

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Samaria Gorge, Crete
Samaria Gorge, Crete

It's easy to imagine Artemis and Orion hunting in the gorges of Crete.

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Samaria Gorge, Crete
Samaria Gorge, Crete
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