This week during a holiday trip to Meteora in Greece Richard & Henrik Arve shot Champagne Hiking place no 59 with Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ 2006.
When I read (Swedish cartoon bear) Bamse to my children, his grandmother living on the High mountain, I assume that author Rune Andréasson used Meteora as a model. How else could he have come up with the bizarre mountains, where the houses on top appear to defy gravity. Travel agents far too often talk about “hidden treasures”, but when it comes to Meteora, it is no exaggeration. Despite the fact that the unique mountain area, in the centre of the Greek mainland, is one of the world’s most beautiful and distinct jaw-dropping locations, very few in addition to the proud Greeks have heard of this geological treasure. Strange as it may seem, we almost overlooked Meteora for this book. When I, in September of 2017, submitted my script we realised that the pictures of my sister at Alhambra weren’t up to par, so we quickly had to organise a new trip. Pål was busy editing, giving Susanna another opportunity, this time as a photographer. As my dear friend Henrik, with whom I have been Champagne Hiking since the dawn of time, did not appear in any of the pictures in the book, the nostalgic and skilled trio getting into the rental car at Thessaloniki International Airport had been settled.
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