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Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki May 9th 2014

Bei näherem Hinschauen waren die Schwäne auf dem See vor dem Hotel Pelikane (aber ohne den Pelikan-Füller). Erster Teil des langen Tages: auf kleinen Bergstraßen durch entlegene Dörfer, malerisch, wunderschön. Temperatur von 16 ° bis 10 ° oben auf den Bergen. In der Umgebung von Kastoria gibt es offenbar Bären, auch wenn ich keinen gesehen habe. Aber es gibt an den Straßen Schilder und die Autobahn ist bärensicher eingezäunt. Dann 400 km Autobahn: wieder ganz neu und wieder leer. Ich hätte mir ja gleich dennken können, dass ich auch hier eine Autobahn finanziert habe. Die hier hat mir aber insofern richtig gut gefallen, als sie Kilometer lang an den Seiten mit dicken, blühenden Ginsterbüschen bewachsen war, die wunderbar dufteten. Ich konnte mir richtig die Massen an Bienen vorstellen, die hier an der Arbeit waren und einen ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki November 20th 2013

When searching for flights, there are three factors in play - price, destination, and date. Usually, you can specify two of the three factors. In order to find cheap flights for example, you are able to choose the destination OR the date. In this case, we were limited to traveling during a mandatory vacation, and so the destination was ‘whatever came about’. In fact, I had no idea where Thessaloniki was on a map, but quickly found out that there is quite a bit of history and culture in the second largest city in Greece. Flying in on Aegean Airlines (quite an experience in itself), we passed by Mount Olympus, which conjured screams of excitement from our kids. Reading legends of grandeur and the Greek gods (even the Percy Jackson series) in preparation for the trip ... read more
Walking the old city wall
Crypt of St. Demetrius
Beautiful Byzantine Churches

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki » Perea September 19th 2013

Thessaloniki and Northern Chalkidiki - Day 12 Thursday 19th September So after 10 days of self guiding ourselves around mainland Greece, Glyn an I felt no shame at paying €2 each to go on the 'Hop on' Tour of Thessaloniki bus this morning. It took about 50 minutes, whilst the guide talked about Byzantine stuff, mosaics and a statue of some guy on his house.... or so I thought, in fact he said he was on his horse. The bus was pretty empty and the guide kept making us look at photos of mosaics on the screen above his head when I was quite happily staring out the window having a bit of a day dream. Had I come to Thessaloniki on day 1, all the Byzantine Churches, random bits of falling down Roman walls and ... read more
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Kittens at Bar Kyma
Our sort of secluded beach

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki » Perea September 18th 2013

Mount Olympus to Thesssaloniki - Day 11 Wednesday 18th September I'd set the alarm for 6.30am as we had a mountain to climb, but bed was so comfy that I didn't get up quite that early. After breakfast and telling our hotelier, Alex, that we'd left the key in the door as he shouted goodbye to us from his room, we were on our way. I drove us just under 10 miles to Prionia, the place you can drive closest to the top of the mountain and parked up. It was just after 9am and eerily silent with just a handful of cars, one grotty squat loo, a closed cafe and a couple of guys organising bits of lumber. The only sounds were barking dogs and the ringing of bells on the collars of a pack ... read more
Glyn enjoying the walk up Mount Olympus
The Gods farting
Prionia

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki June 1st 2013

Gelato now seems to be a thing of the past but I will report again once we reach gelato area again. Breakfast this morning was included in our room rate and a very good Greek style breakfast it was too with creamy yogurt and a half cooked peach,egg,salami,beetroot etc. The day was fine and sunny and it had the feeling it was going to get very warm as the day progressed. The unusual sandstone 'hills'were formed 60 million years ago and are quite extraordinary as we have seen nothing else like them in our travels around Greece either this time or before. What is more remarkable about this World Heritage site is that on the tops of the 'hills' six monasteries have been built to follow the teachings of the Greek Orthodox church.The first was built ... read more
The pillars of Metora at sunset
The sandstone pillars at sunrise,Meteora
A little later after sunrise.Note the line of stones in the sandstone face

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Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki May 8th 2013

We left sad to leave the rolling hills and sadder to say goodbye to the engaging people we had met in Serbıa but also excited to be heading towards the sea, which we both hadn't seen in well over a year. On the bus leaving Plananıcıa we met Soran, we enjoyed sharing stories and he recently sent us an inspiring poem describing our meeting. We arrived in Nisa few hours later and started investigating how we would get to Greece. There were two trains leaving early the next morning. One to Skopje, Macedonıa and the other to Sofıa, Bulgarıa but still we had no idea if we could easily get to Greece from either of those places. Erıc had a gut feeling that Sofıa would be our best bet so at 2am we boarded a very ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki » Perea March 6th 2012

24th Feb Mama’s jonquils are starting to come out and we noticed some blossoms on the almond tree en route to the street market this morning. But the temperatures are still winter like. Sat 25th Feb We get up at 4.30am to catch a taxi to Salonika for our 3 day trip to Patra and Nafplion and leave the CBD at 6.30am. There are 33 people on the tour bus. We stop at the towns of Tempe and Lamir for toilet stops and then drive to Corinth down near the Pelopannese and get there around 3pm. We stop and have something to eat near the Isthmus Canal. There were 2 big restaurants closed near Isthmus Canal, and the same near Tempe. Perhaps the people are not travelling by bus or car as much, and the restaurants ... read more
Corinth Canal
Pruned trees near Corinth Canal
Gum trees lining road

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki » Perea February 11th 2012

Wednesday 1st Feb A white cat was sitting on the pergola, waiting for some little birds to come along and eat the left over grapes still on the vine. Except I went out with a wooden pole and sent him on his way. Thursday 2nd Feb We went to Athens on the Train at 10am today and got to Athens at 6pm. The trip was supposed to take 5.5 hours, but with nearly snow all the way to Athens, had to get new train loco to clear tracks, etc. So an 8 hour trip. There was actually snow covering everything when we left Perea at 7am to catch the bus to take us to the railway station. Looked lovely, and we were the first ones to walk on it- amazingly no cars had driven in it.Apparently ... read more
Our hot house, Perea
Kiosk roof with snow
Litchohori Railway Station

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki » Perea January 26th 2012

6th Jan Today is the Blessing of the Waters and we went down to Perea Pier around 10.15am to witness the church officials and priest going through the ceremony. The cross is thrown into the sea and the young men swim towards it and try to find it. Who ever finds it first, can feel very proud. We bought some decadent “pastas” or little cakes to celebrate our 35th Wedding anniversary today. We had our Greek Church wedding in Salonika all those years ago. Tuesday 10th Jan We get up at 7am to go to Florina, Michael’s birth town. We travel on the bus, as the train no longer runs to Florina, the service being cut 12 months ago. We want to visit some of Michael’s relatives on the bus, deciding to staying at a ... read more
Picture book snow scene Florina
The crowd at Perea
Perea Pier

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki January 11th 2012

We arrived in the sea side city of Thessaloniki, Greece at 6am after a 9 hour night bus. We were feeling confident after conquering Istanbul and planned to take a taxi to our hostel to recoup before exploring the city. Our first obstacle came when the taxi drivers could not read our address as it was in English and not in Greek. We were tired , cold, without internet or the ability to write in Greek lettering..What to do..We waited three hours, found an internet cafe and translated the address...success. Our hostel was amazing..it had walls which was a massive improvement on the last hostel. We also had our own kitchen so we were able to cook one night, something we have all been missing. We had initially intended to go to Athens, but due time ... read more
White Tower
Waterfront
City ruins




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