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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 ...
... it shut before I could get through! I tried putting it in the slot again but it would not work twice, so I had to find a member of staff who fired cross Bulgarian at me and let me through anyway - eventually. All this time, Squirt had successfully got through the gates and was waiting on the other side. Having found the right platform, with the help of a friendlier transport police officer, we made I onto the Metro and out again at the Railway Station, ...
... most of the group heading toward the bus as a clue. Dumb Babooshka and Chrome Dome buy ice cream and had to eat it outside the bus. Think group, dorks! The group went from 0 of 16 smokers to 1 of 17 smokers with George. Did not realize that Daniela smoked; bad girl.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. It was the second most important city in the Byzantine Empire. Our last stop was at the Church of St Demetrios, the city's patron saint. He ...
... and then headed to Vergina to visit the tumulus. This is the underground tombs of Phillip II and Alexander IV. The tumulus started as just a tomb for Philip then evolved to a bigger burial site. In the tomb, every precious possession was buried with the dead, even their houses. We saw some really precious golden armor, crown and jewelry that was found in the tombs. It was great to see the actually outside entrance of the ...