Avalon Hotel Thessaloniki
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... further reconstruction/restoration and the site is closed to visitors, but I 1) wanted to see what the view looked like from the top, and 2) wanted to be able to say that I had stood on the site of the palace where Alexander the Great was born :). Both missions accomplished! Because of the clouds and overall dreariness of the past few days, the view was a little grey, but I'm sure that it would have been quite spectacular during the city's heyday. Apparently the city ...
There are some great cafés in Thessaloniki and lots of people sitting in them.
The city is full of beautiful old brick churches, buildings and city walls which are surrounded by apartment blocks, some of which are really lovely and some which are pretty ordinary 960s style.
There are a lot of empty shops, buildings and ...
The sun was out today and we thought it was warm, but everyone else was promenading on the waterfront in their winter jackets and boots. The women and young girls have great fashion sense and the clothing shops for both men and women are great. Sadly, all I could buy was a pair of gym shoes and jeans to keep me warm - no more room in the pack! I haven't worn long pants since we left Australia!
We sat in the sun and walked along the waterfront with everyone else!
... from the Hostel and enjoyed a traditional smoked cheese that had beem baked in the oven and followed it with Pork grilled on Skewars. Dinner was nice including the complimentary shot and dessert which was a sweet sponge. Very impressed with what I had. Even more so when the bill comes to the equivalent of £11 and included a beer. After dinner it was back to the hostel and a couple of beers before bed. A great first day despite getting lost on ...
... the ruins. What we can see is some of the churches, which were built in the 14th century before the Ottomans arrived. When the Ottomans came, they changed some of the churches to mosques and built a lot of covered markets and hamams. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Italians, French, and Turkish people in the city had trouble saying the "th" sound, so some people still call the place Saloniki because of that. There are several ...