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Two flights on the excellent regional carrier Aegean Airlines brought me from the snow of Warsaw to seaside Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city. I came the region of Thessaly to visit the cliffhanging Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora and begin to explore sites holy to eastern orthodox Christians. Ideally I would have liked to go to Mt. Athos, where the monasteries are considered the holiest in Orthodox tradition. Logistics precluded this, but Meteora provided ...
Up early and walk the 2.5ks to the train that departs at 8.15am. Just as i arrive at the station it starts to rain heavily. This train back into Thessaloniki is an old diesel electric, and it shakes and rattles for the next 3.5 hours.
Arriving in Thessaloniki the weather is fine and almost warm. It is blus sky and must be around 17 to ...
... 2 hours in 6 degree cold, i was not dressed appropriately. So the shivering begins.
Lucky the drivers end there strike and a bus pulls into our bay to take us into town. After only a few stops the bus is absolutely full, and the driver keeps stopping to let more people in. Now after some pushing i get off the bus at my stop and head to the apartment for a nice cup of coffee.
Not to be put off by drizzling rain its back out to do some walking of ...
... traffic encountered on the descent. The pine treees looked nice. What does the BS have on her music selection: Fats Domino or Chubby Checkers?
Picked up Daniel in Bitola. Made a detour to a chemist for Ian. The National Museum in town has a room dedicated to Ataturk, founder of Turkey, who spent some time in this city.
The city of Heraklea Lyncastis was founded by Philip II of Macedon. We got there at 0915. Bummed 100 denars from Daniela for the ...
... My suitcase was nowhere to be seen. I circled about three times and couldn't find it.
DON'T WORRY! I didn't lose my luggage! Turns out I had to go to the next baggage claim over, since it originally came from outside of Europe. Needless to say, I almost had a heart attack, but then all was well.
After I walked out of baggage claim, a representative from the university was waiting with a cab drive, who proceeded to take my bags and then drive me to my ...