|January 25, 2011
We left Thessaloniki this morning and so after getting up and packing we had breakfast and dragged our bags to the bus stop to pick up our hire car. As we were flying out of Thessaloniki on Saturday we thought it was easiest to get our hire car from the airport and so we took the airport bus out of the city. The bus was really busy and full of rude, ignorant people who wouldn’t move out of the way to let people get on and we were glad when we finally reached the airport. We soon found that our car hire place didn’t have an office at the airport so we had to wait around for a van to come and collect us. This was annoying as we’d arrived early in the hope of getting the car and getting on the road but we ended up waiting at the terminal for about 40 minutes until the hire car company turned up. I guess that will teach me to use a cheap hire car company!
We were staying south of the city for a couple of nights but to start with we headed north and towards Edessa. The main reason for visiting here was the pretty and impressive waterfalls but they certainly weren’t what we were expecting and were a bit crap. The weather was quite bright although it was a little chilly so having a bit of a walk around the falls seemed quite pleasant after a couple of hours in the car. However, the waterfalls were really close to the car park and weren’t very big, particularly the “great waterfall” which must’ve been ironically named!
After a brief stop at a supermarket for drinks and chocolate, we drove back south in the afternoon to a small seaside town called Korinos and Hotel Anais. This hotel had been recommended to us by Dave when we were staying with him in Skopje and it was a great location, very quiet, right on the beach and we were the only guests there! You could certainly imagine this place being very lively in summer but we were glad of the peace for a couple of nights!
The hotel restaurant was not open and nothing much else seemed to be open nearby either so we were lucky to find a restaurant for dinner which was just around the corner from the hotel, thankfully with a big neon arrow pointing the way! When we walked in the kitchen looked shut but the guy cooked just for us! I had souvlaki and Elizabeth had tzatziki and tyrokafteri (a spicy feta dip) with bread as there wasn’t much choice for food (large menu, nothing much available!). However, what we had was lovely and fresh and tasted good and we were given a large plate of fruit at the end which was a nice finish to the meal. The chap running the restaurant was really friendly and helpful and even though he didn’t speak much English it was great to see us trying to communicate with each other!