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... dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas and that’s why I am here. His coffin was ceremoniously brought out of his above-ground tomb, within the church, and placed before the Bishop’s throne on the right. His relics, encased in silver, slid out of the bottom of the coffin like a trundle bed, but protected by glass. Thousands streamed before the coffin throughout the entire service crossing themselves, some kneeling, others bowing, praying quietly ...
How do you describe a
different country? It's completely new. Not a new state. Not a new place to
eat. It is completely new and incomparable, but I will do my best!
On Monday we left for Thessaloniki. We would leave the city
of Athens by train. So our pack left the Backpackers hostel once again in
search of more adventure. The, by now second nature, navigation to the metro
was easily found and we arrived at the train station. Here we stood as a ...
... boxes, the only problem is the large boxes are filled with 10 small boxes, so we now have 22 boxes when we only wanted 2!! We thought we might post the small ones to all our family and friends as Christmas presents, a box of Greek air, what unique presents! We returned to the camping spot and caught up on the blogs, as we were still full from our Ikea lunch we just had a snack in the evening, which gave Les ...
... another impressive old monument or building, see photos.
There was a huge fire in 1917 which destroyed much of the Old Town so the city although dating back thousands of years maintains a relavtively modern feel very much like its population.
The part of town I like most is down by the docks and it was one of the few areas not destroyed by the great fire of ...
... t that great.
After that we visited the various monuments of the Galerius Complex--the Rotunda, the Arch, and the Palace. The Rotunda I'd studied in Byzantine class, so that was neat to see. The Arch was really impressive, and the Palace, I guess, was good to see and try to conceptualize, even though not a whole lot was there/preserved.
We were then set loose to go to lunch, but met back up to visit the Agia Sofia church ...