TripAdvisor Reviews Philipion Hotel Thessaloniki
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... the crowd to be attentive. The Bishop (Metropolitan) dressed in gold capped by a diamond miter sparkled like stars while he sat on the throne to the left reminding the crowd that St. Gregory Palamas had right of honor, as his predecessor, to sit at the throne on the right side. He spoke as though the saint was sitting across from him --- as he was. At least 18 priests stood in the midst of it all - cloaked in the finest cloth.
I was ...
... I was very grateful,
it meant that we would be experiencing the actual culture, not a replicated
parody. Upstairs was our table, tucked away in the corner where we could still
hear one another over the music. I ordered myself a drink. Now my Greek is not
only sufficient enough to order without flaw, it has started to pick up native
habits. For example, in English you might say “What’s up?” That wouldn’t make
sense to anyone who ...
We were both glad to have a second full day in Thessaloniki, mostly because the sunshine and brightness were delightful after the dreary weather and rather grey cities we had recently visited. Thessaloniki seemed happy and vibrant after Nis and Sofia, and tourists were made to feel very welcome.
We spent the day exploring Old Thessaloniki, which basically meant just keep walking upwards until you find yourself in a maze of narrow cobbled streets. They weren't ...
... months a year in the underworld. These tombs had huge slabs as building blocks.
It was not just with regal elements like crowns and military equipment that Philip II was buried. There were bathing items as well.
The tomb of Philip II was a jaw dropping moment. It has been damaged by earthquakes over time. Its facade was white with columns and a hunting scene across the top. Like the tomb of Alexander IV, it had two chambers.
The typical funeral ...
... bars and got a round of shots, cheering to our semester to come. It's hard to act like alcohol is a very small part of being abroad, but when it's such a large part of the culture, and it's a new thing for many of us to drink legally, it's actually a pretty big thing. They have kiosks on almost every corner where they just have a cooler full of beers. So naturally, as a group, we all stopped and got a beer to drink on our way back. However, we knew not to be out and up ...