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A retinue of ambassadors were dispatched by Prince Vladimir of Russia in 987 to search for a religion that could (i) unite warring factions within its borders and (ii) provide intelligence for future military campaigns against the Eastern Roman Empire, a bastion of Orthodoxy. A report was transmitted back to the Prince that said: "…And we went into the Greek lands, and we were led into a place where they serve their God, and we did not know where ...
... I sleep it is with both eyes half open, as well as crossed, and my
mouth almost fully ajar. I am truly a sleeping beauty. But who am I to complain
of their taunts, after all, free chip! The city of Thessaloniki found us
quickly after I woke up and the six hour train ride came to an end.
Thessaloniki’s best description would be the same as Athens,
if Athens were given the chance to breath. The streets aren’t as cramp, but the
... mislaid our way from the Metro station to the Railway Station, which isn't at all obvious.
We made it in front of the Departures board at 15.15, just in time for the platform to be announced and about twenty people scrambled down the stairs to Platform three, and we followed along. We had made a compulsory seat reservation, which included a coach number, but there was no indication on any of the graffiti-painted coaches which number they were. ...
... 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 ...