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Today was very similar to yesterday - both in terms of the weather as well as the nature of the site that I visited. Under another grey, overcast sky, I boarded a bus from Thessaloniki this morning bound for the Greek city of Giannitsa, which made a stop along the way to drop me off at the ancient archaeological site of Pella, the capital of the Macedonian kingdom (after it was relocated from Vergina/Aigai at the end of the 5th century BC) and the birthplace of Alexander the ...
There are some great cafés in Thessaloniki and lots of people sitting in them.
The city is full of beautiful old brick churches, buildings and city walls which are surrounded by apartment blocks, some of which are really lovely and some which are pretty ordinary 960s style.
There are a lot of empty shops, buildings and ...
Excavations are ongoing at Pella. The prime sites to date are the House of Dionysius and the House of Helen, both named after impressive mosaics found in them.
The burial tombs at Vergina were located outside the city walls, a common practice It took an hour to get to Pella. The Engineer is feeling some 80% better after using the Macedonian medicines.
The staff at the museum at Pella hung around like vultures. The place is spacious. The position of ...
... to my apartment. A large bottle of wine. That was only 4.5 euro. As my pictures show, we didn't make it back to our apartment with the wine. Laws in Greece are different. You are able to walk around with open alcohol. So there were four of us walking around, drinking straight out of a bottle of wine. We walked along the boardwalk and some of the alleyways between the apartment buildings.
Three things to note about this city.
There is graffiti everywhere. It ...
... sign language to talk to the guy that managed the camp and he showed us where to park. There were about 200 motorhomes all parked up side by side in rows.....there was no one about...no awnings up, nothing! In the field next to us, row upon row of Fiat Bambinos....quite a sight!
Other than one motorhome with Austrians in, we were the only ones on the site; the rest were being stored there. Soon we had added two and two together - where ...