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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 ...
... restaurants that way too over-priced for our budget. We opted instead for a mixed grill to share, which we sat outside to eat.
We then wended our way through back streets to the railway station to buy tickets for Skopje for the following day, which we did without problem. Like the train from Sofia, the tickets were delightfully cheap at about 10 Euros for me and half price for Squirt.
My plan then was to go and rest in our room for a couple of hours ...
There is a saying that parts of your past will always be carried with you.
I wrote this entry sitting in an Orthodox Church. When I entered, I found myself unconsciously mouthing the words- "Welcome home."
I felt as though I was walking into my past - to visits to Greece many years before and to time spent in Churches so similar to the ones I visited today. The glow of the icons reflected in the light of candelabra, the smells of incense, the ...
... away. As you can guess from the above, we wanted to get out of the city for some of our stay in northern Greece. We took a bus to a lovely village about 90 minutes away called Litohoro at the base of Mount Olympus. We stayed in a lovely (and quiet) hotel with a balcony that overlooked the mountains. After an amazing hike up a steep river valley we enjoyed some of the (in)famous local wine, Retsina. There are many stories about how ...