By Catherine Tsounis
How did bridges change the world? Bridges create connections. Almost a quarter of a billion people around the world do not have safe access to critical resources like health care, education, or employment due to an impassable river.1
We saw a historical bridge at Pyli, Thessaly at a Kapogiannis Travel tour to Meteora, Central Greece with dynamic guide Kostoula. Seeing a historical bridge with pleasant group members made it meaningful.
The Stone Bridge of Pyli is located about 20 minutes away from Trikala. The bridge sits over the Portaikos River. Until 1936 this bridge was the only way to get from Thessaly to Epirus.
Saint Bissarion in 1514 built it. This is the second-largest arch bridge of Thessaly. A high semicircular arch, the construction material is made of limestone and sandstone. The bridge was restored in 1968, 1983 and 2006.
The Portaikos river was practically dry. Charlie Spentzos noticed the water was “so clear that it is sent to the villages.” Dina Spentzos with sons Charlie and George from Chicago were enjoying a family excursion. George, A business/ computer expert explained photography tips in taking iPhone photos. Litsa, a self-made/ Chicago businesswoman explained to me “the Arcadian respect for parents and family. Visit me at my L&L Snack bar in Desplaines, Illinois.”
This 3-day trip to Meteora with hotel and bus cost me 160 euros with Kostoula who loves her work. Greeks know how to enjoy life with these inexpensive tours.
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