Grand Hotel Palace Thessaloniki
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It's time to say goodbye to Istanbul as we board Royal Carribean's "Rhapsody of the Seas" for a 9 day cruise back to Rome, via the Greek Islands, Sicily and Naples. Ashlee and Steve have joined us on the cruise, with Steve's parents as well - Peter and Christine. Looking forward to unpacking the suitcases and not having to live out of them for the next 9 days. Because we are in Istanbul it will take a day and a half to get to our ...
... where thousands more watched it - live - from the comfort of their homes.
It was truly spectacular and worthy of bragging. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain outside. So much so that the relics were not carried on the shoulders of military personnel throughout city neighborhoods as is the custom of today’s holiday. But that’s ok….I have enough to absorb and process for a long time.
Tomorrow - I depart for ...
... new food was wonderful. The salads, the fish, all of
it. A particular plate of eggplant mousse was so decadent that I had a full
serving to myself.
It was right about the middle of dinner when it happened. I
had a wonderful moment. To the exterior eye, it would have been nothing more
than just another night out on the town, but for me it was magical. I was just in
the middle of a conversation with my professor Eleni about the current
... of this kind. A large Jewish community resided in Thessalonica, so Paul and Silas began teaching in the synagogue (Acts 16:6 – 18:5), with much success. Jews and many gentile ‘god fearers’ accepted Jesus as the long awaited messiah. A predominantly gentile Christian community came to life. Some members of the synagogue thought that the missionaries’ teaching threatened Jewish belief, so Paul, Silas (and Timothy, who had ...
... take this holiday. And when I say costume shop, I actually mean like a full fledged store dedicated to only costumes, with huge displays in the windows. They have the most brightly colored signs on the street, with balloons and other various images.
Everytime I walk past one of them now, I just kind of smile, because now I know exactly why they are there. And it also reminds me of what a great time I had participating in a piece of real Greek culture. ...