Thessaloniki and Greece

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Greece  , Macedonia Region,
Thursday, October 9, 2008

Our host at our last place was nice enough to drive us to Thessaloniki about an hour up the road. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and is home to close to 1,000,000 inhabitants. It is also home to what seems like just as many museums, churches, and ruins... all of which we did not visit. My body was still a little broken from what Mt. Olympus did to it (and that machine I was chasing up it). All I could manage was a couple of brief strolls through the busy streets before my legs said enough is enough. These streets are packed full of shopping and cafes that rivals those of Athens. They also seem to be packed with pickpockets. While crossing at a busy intersection, I noticed someone getting a little too close to Meg as I was walking a bit behind (thanks to my legs). Anyway, the thief was holding her coat in one hand and I could see her other hand sticking out from under it heading for the zipper on Meg's purse. I gave the dirty pickpocket the hairy eyeball and she quickly retreated and vanished in a crowd. Besides that close call, Thessaloniki seems like a nice town with a very pretty waterfront and enough to keep any visitor busy and fed for days. It is also our last stop in Greece. We have had a wonderful three weeks here. We think we saw a good sampling of what the country has to offer. We went to small historic towns, a sprawling major metropolis, beautiful islands, and up a body-shattering mountain. In all of these places we met wonderful people, had some of the best food on the planet, and witnessed a culture obsessed with coffee. Seriously, it is rare to see a local walking, driving, or relaxing with out a coffee or iced coffee on the go. We tried the Greek coffee and wow is it ferocious. And thick! You feel like you have to chew it a bit before swallowing. Each region has its own style of being Greek, but they all sure know how to make a mean pastry dessert. Just ask Meg... I think she tried them all. We are now off to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria for a few days as we begin our whirlwind tour of Central

Efharisto Hellas!

Megan and Kevin
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Liz H on

Thanks for the tip about pick pockets we are heading to Thessaloniki in May

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