Late August 2017 and Summer is still killing it in the UAE. To break the spell, I escaped to central Greece for a long weekend to visit Meteora, located in the town of Kalambaka. Meteora is not only home to unique monoliths but is also where ancient Orthodox monks built their monasteries.
I also went to Vikos Gorge, which is actually the deepest gorge in the world at about 1600m.
Fun Fact: One of the Monasteries was the filming location for the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only. Bad guys's secrete hideaway :)