lower Balkans & Greece travel blog

our border crossing into Greece was a breeze .....

..... but the motorway traffic was hectic.

Bitola was interesting.

Greece's second city, Thessaloniki, was our base for a short break .....

...... and we found its pedestrian only areas full of eateries .....

...... and very busy.

the waterfront was quite pretty .....

...... but the cobbled back streets were our favourite.

many ancient ruins dot the city.

The four hour drive to Thessaloniki flew by mainly because we took a brilliant highway with a small toll section and were almost alone for the entire distance.

The roads both in Macedonia and Greece were generally excellent and our border crossing was effortless.

Hectic traffic in Thessaloniki made up for the quiet drive but our hotel choice proved to be a reasonable sanctuary. Like most cities, Thessaloniki was a little untidy but did have some really great areas. Once again the waterfront was the pick along with some wide, pedestrian plazas.

The small, cobbled 'old' town was very popular.

A short 'hop-on-hop-off' bus tour provided a good overview of the city's main points but the most interesting visit for us was to the 'Macedonian Struggle' museum. Unfortunately, it did not cover ancient history but rather the more recent turbulence involving Greece. It would be fair to say there was a strong leaning to the Greeks but it did provide a fascinating overview. We are very keen to explore similar museums back in Macedonia.

The White Tower and the remains of the Arch of Galerius were great historical points.

Thessaloniki, Greece's second biggest city, was a good stopover but we were ready to move on.

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