Meteora is in Greece, five hours by train north-west of Athens. The region has a range of enourmous rocky pinnacles surrounded by forest and overlooking several picturesque villages. In late summer the forest floor is carpeted in pink cyclamens. On their own these features would make the area worth visiting, but there is an extra and spectacular attraction - the 14th century monasteries perched on top on the pinnacles. Access is by a combination of bridges and steep stairs cut into the rock and the buildings display a range of styles, decoration and artefacts reflecting their history. As you might expect, at least one of the monasteries is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a long-dead monk!