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Jun 22, 2010 - Thessaloniki

Greece's second largest city is a small version of it's largest - Athens. Now we'd love to write glowing things about Thessaloniki, but it's not a glowing kind of place. We did manage to find some delectable Greek food and find a place to watch the USA-Algeria and England-Slovenia match's simultaneously. To our surprise, all the Greek's at the cafe, which weren't that many, were for the US as well. Now the Greek's weren't as happy as us when they departed as Greece had lost the night before, but there were a lot of smiles and handshakes...

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Apr 14, 2010 - Good bye Thessaloniki

We headed to the White Tower with the hope we wouldn't get wet on the way. It rained most of the night and was very gray and cold as we headed out. The White Tower was once a prison and has recently become an extension of the Byzantine Museum we saw on Monday. We were given English audio guides as the entire museum is only in Greek. Each of the 5 floors contains pictures and videos from different periods of Thessaloniki's history. This city, as well as most of the country, has certainly been through a lot of violent periods. It seems today...

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Apr 12, 2010 - Byzantine Museum

We headed out this morning with raincoats in tow as the sky looked very gray. Fortunately we planned to go to the Byzantine Museum so rain won't make a difference. It took us awhile to find the museum but thanks to some very nice people we finally made it. The museum is a very contemporary building housing ancient jewelry, coins, pottery, icons, tombs, clerical garments, parts of a town, sewing supplies, cooking utensils and Bibles. It is quite an impressive display. How these items have survived all these years is beyond our imagination....

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Apr 11, 2010 - Galerius' Palace, Rotunda, Galerius Arch

We had a beautiful day to venture to the east side of our area to view the amazing Rotunda, Galerius's Arch and Galerius's Palace. The palace at one time encompassed 3 city blocks, extending from the arch to the sea. It is amazing to see the mosaic work on the floors. Again we are amazed by the fine workmanship with such rough tools. On our way home from the palace we came upon a wonderful outdoor restaurant where we dined on chicken in pomegranate sauce and souvlaki in lemon sauce. We were also served chocolate mousse with black cherries...

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Apr 10, 2010 - Look out Thessaloniki here we come!

Today was "moving day" as we bid farewell to Kavala and made our way to Thessaloniki by bus. Well, actually busses since halfway to our new abode the bus broke down. It was no big deal to us, but there were a couple people who were catching a plane in Thessaloniki, and they were none too happy. It was one of those times when we were glad we didn't have a good grasp of the language! Our new bus arrived in about 1/2 hour, and we were soon reloaded and on our way. Both of us were impressed by the incredible number of sizeable grape orchards...

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May 19, 2009 - Thessaloniki

I arrived late to Thessaloniki on Monday the 18th of May, 2009. When I arrived to the airport of Thessaloniki, I was randomly pulled into a room by an undercover cop for a drug search. I don't consume drugs so it didn't phase me too much but after over 24 hours of flying already I wasn't too happy about it occuring. On the 19th of May, I went walking around the city of Saloniki and I went to 'The White Tower' which was established in the 1500's and has played a major role in the history of Thessaloniki, which is the capital of Macedonia. So...

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Europe 2009

Apr 10, 2009 - Mykonos-Athens-Thessaloniki

After breakfast I returned the car to the car hire place and walked back to the villa. Our ferry connection back to Piraeus Port leaves at 12:30 and Sharon the owner has offered to drive us down. There are two ports at Mykonos known as the old port and the new port (very original). Most of the ferries leave from the old port, but I had read about people running frantically between the ports as they realize their boat was going to the other port. Lucky I checked as our boat was leaving from the new port. We arrived back to Pireaus Port at...

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Jan 28, 2009 - Farmer's Strike, Tractors Everywhere

1/28/09 Despite its occasional turbulence, there is something truly magical about Greece. Its history, architecture, landscape, islands, food, wine, and joie de vie grab visitors and refuse to let go. From Sofia, we traveled south by train instead of bus to avoid striking farmers. For weeks the farmers have been gathering at key points and blocking the roads with their tractors. On the local news we had seen a line of trucks miles long waiting to cross the border, and we watched that same line from the train and cheered that we had avoided...

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Nov 26, 2007 - Thessaloniki

I'd swear that it warmed up 5 degrees as we passed through Greek formalities. The train took off into the Greek countryside and continued accelerating, wow, speed. I hadn't really thought about it but trains in most of Eastern Europe trundle and click clack their way from destination to destination, now I felt like I was in danger of actually getting somewhere, I got the GPS out - 85mph - on welded tracks. In just over an hour we rolled into Thessoloniki but had moved through a timezone so I was still 2 hours late, the train I'd wanted to...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Salonical

In commemoration of bad song month, and because I really feel like beating on the heads of these shouting, acne-infested, snot-nosed punks who swarm about me here in downtown Thessaloniki,I offer: One month to go before I'm leavin on a jet plane don't know when I'll be back again (big crescendo to convince suspicious female) OH GIRL, I hate to go... Sofia got uncomfortable, so I left that town Yeah, I left that town I left old Sofia and you know I'm Harlem bound (insert piano solo here) Presumably Haarlem, Netherlands...the bluesmen were...

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Jun 6, 2006 - The Oracle

Delphi wow, well, what can i say. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. The only comment I can add is that going to Delphi was for sure worth the day away from Athens ANNNDDDDD, that I am quite, quite certain that if the Oracle had not chosen that for her spot, some other spiritual entity would. It has a majestic feel to the surrounding area that you can't help but notice as you walk around. Its up in the mountains and the views are just spectacular. I tried to find the crossroads where Oedipus met his fate by running into his...

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Bon Voyage 2005-2006

May 21, 2006 - Sites and Sounds of Thessaloniki

My journey over to Thessaloniki was actually quite a long one; around 12 hrs with a plane change in Frankfurt. But, now that I'm here, the fatigue of air travel seem to be quickly melting away as I get acclimated to the sites and sounds of an energetic seaside metropolis . Thessaloniki is an ecletic Byzantine city in Northern Greece, brimming with open-air cafes , urban boutiques, and traditional ouzeries with a life-is-a-party buzz that seems to linger in the air. It's also quite a destination spot for Greeks and other Europeans- there...

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