Avalon Hotel Thessaloniki
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... Two red-cross volunteers intermittently sprayed rose-scented water on the glass and wiped it free of lipstick and hand-smudges from those who venerated the relics. Roses, baby-breaths, carnations, flowers everywhere. Enormous bee-wax candles flickered with hundreds of small ones. It went on & on & on for hours. Deacons, robbed in royal red cloth sewn together with gold thread went in and out of the sanctuary, proclaiming petitions ...
... to miss that,
so I immediately jumped out of bed and ran to the lobby. There I found the rest
of the class and my two teachers who were now the leaders of the group. These
teachers were Brady, quirky as usual, and Eleni Koutsafi, my studio professor.
The two of them had done their research and found a happening restaurant in the
heart of the city. Not only was this place overflowing with music and people,
it seemed that not a single tourist had found it. ...
... of the period. These Sabateans were disastrously disappointed when Shabtai himself converted to Islam after receiving the Ottoman Sultan’s "convert or die" ultimatum. But Sabbateanism still flourished here for some time. And Jacob Frank, the 18th century false messiah who claimed to be the reincarnation of Shabtai Tzevi, also spent time in Salonika, where he was well received. In addition, the Donmeh, the Muslim descendants of ...
THESSALONIKI, GREECE, OCTOBER 1, 2014
Today we are in Thessaloniki, Greece. Finally the weather is perfect. 75 degrees and bright and sunny and NO WIND! We have a private tour here today of the Bysantine Museum, the city and Vergina. Our guide, Menelaos and our driver, Nikkos, pick us up precisely on time and we are on our way. We first drive by the white tower which was at the corner of the former city walls. thessaloniki is now the 2nd largest ...
... theatre, and the White Tower, which is not really white.
You yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the bothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one. – 1 Thessalonians 4: ...