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Sep 26, 2018 - Mount Olympus & Vergina

We are being pleasantly surprised by things we see and learn about around every corner. Day two saw us busing south to Mount Olympus, the mythical home of the ancient Greek gods and home of the Olympics. There is little remaining except ruins, nothing to indicate how important this place was in 350 BC. We hiked near the foot of the mountain, the location of the Olympic Games of long, long ago. We spent time exploring the site of Dion, the sacred city of the Macedonians. There was nothing standing, but one could imagine what an impressive...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Thessaloniki

Our introduction to Greece was with our arrival at our hotel in Thessaloniki at 12:30 am Monday morning. Our trip over was good, on schedule, and no hassle. Our day began with breakfast at 7:30 and a get-acquainted orientation meeting at 8:30. Thessaloniki is a Greek port city on the Thematic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Evidence of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman history remains, especially around Ano Poli, the upper town. We boarded a bus that took us down to the waterfront, passed the White Tower of Thessaloniki to the statue of Alexander...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Tasty Thessaloniki

We easily took our bus from the Kalampaka bus station to Trikala, changed buses with only about an hour of waiting time, and then continued on our journey into Thessaloniki. Our primary reason for being there was to board a plane to Cyprus, so we booked an airbnb near the airport. We really struggled with public transport in Greece. There's a lot of it around, but it just doesn't show up on our phones, Rome 2 Rio, Google maps, or any of the usual ways we get around in Europe. Therefore, we found it a bit challenging to get from the KTEL...

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May 17, 2018 - Thessaloniki

The four hour drive to Thessaloniki flew by mainly because we took a brilliant highway with a small toll section and were almost alone for the entire distance. The roads both in Macedonia and Greece were generally excellent and our border crossing was effortless. Hectic traffic in Thessaloniki made up for the quiet drive but our hotel choice proved to be a reasonable sanctuary. Like most cities, Thessaloniki was a little untidy but did have some really great areas. Once again the waterfront was the pick along with some wide, pedestrian...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Thessaloniki 2

Today we opted to relax. We woke late and went to explore the Roman Agora from 1 B. C. It was interesting as the odeum-- at the time an indoor theater, is intact although it is now outdoors. The bath house is also visible. There is a small museum that explains the life of the people living there, the shops, and the history. Parts of the agora were in use until the 1400's. We went also to see Galerias's rotunda which became a Christian Church in 4 AD and a mosque in the 14th century after the Ottomans invaded. After we found the local market...

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Aug 20, 2017 - Thessaloniki

Today was fun! We walked past several early churches, both Christian and Muslim. We passed a hammam. We went up the street to see a small Christian church with beautiful gardens. As a service was in progress we just took a peek inside...plain but with beautiful chandeliers. We stopped to take pics of Galerias's triumphal arch and his rotunda. We walked down past a hippodrome that had been burried beneath a boulevard. Unfortunately exploring it was not possible as it was closed. As was the Hagia Sofia. So we went on to the waterfront and the...

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Nov 13, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 6

Our flight landed just on dusk into Thessaloniki, up in the North of Greece in the region of Macedonia. Thessaloniki starts the road tour part of our holiday and with the many kilometres in the coming days, we went with the comfort style of a station wagon – a Volvo no less. The girl at the airport rentals desk mentioned a few times that it was a BIG car... I was almost concerned the last time she mentioned it but after the first minute or two of familiarisation we were out on the dark roads in the rain on our way to the city and our hotel....

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Dec 17, 2012 - Asprovalta

We said our goodbye’s and left Kastraki just after 10am. All morning we drove through fog around Larisa and north following the coastline; so much for sightseeing! We decided to press on to Thessaloniki, by which time it was a nice sunny day. We took the ring road around this big city and carried on. The drive today was over 300km and we paid six tolls totalling €27.50. In Asprovalta we found the campground where we intended to stay is closed, so we back-tracked about 3km to another campground which is also closed, but has a large...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Thelassonika - Grécia

Estamos quase a acabar o nosso pequeno-almoço no hotel de Bitola, quando surpresa das surpresas, ou talvez não, aparece o Paule, o motorista de taxi. Como se o tivessemos chamado, apareceu e volta a insistir nos seus serviços para nos levar à Grecia. Não estamos com muita vontade de aceitar, mas depois começamos a pensar na tarefa ardua de caminhar com as mochilas até ao centro e negociar com os outros motoristas e então acabamos por aceitar mas pedimos-lhe que conduza com mais cuidado. Atravessamos uma bela paisagem, com a cadeia de...

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May 18, 2011 - Thessaloniki, Greece

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Thessaloniki, Greece We are so glad that we stayed in Thessaloniki two nights. We cached around the city all day and really saw the diversity of the busy inner city and the beauty and slower pace of the suburbs. There were lots of fun shops in the city and the sea was so blue and turquoise that it was unbelievably beautiful. We started caching along the coast line right in the city. A tower called the White Tower was our first stop. Finding a parking place was important as we had read that another traveler posted...

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May 17, 2011 - Sofia, Bulgaria to Thessolaniki, Greece

Tuesday, May 17,2011 Sofia, Bulgaria to Thessolaniki, Greece The sun is shining already today and we just had a wonderful breakfast buffet. The guys got the car out of the basement garage and we will be packing up and heading out soon We are having a warm, sunny morning caching in Sofia. So far, no caches but there is a lot of traffic and city driving. We’ve been to the Chamber, which is now closed and empty, and then to a college where we had no luck finding a cache either. So, we are navigating to another possible. Finally found our...

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Jan 24, 2011 - Thessaloniki - Jan 22-24

January 22, 2011 We had a really early start this morning but at least this time we went for the taxi option rather than the long walk to the train station! We’d had a good 3 days with Dave and Sabine and it was a shame to be leaving so soon. We were worried about getting over the Greek border with Elizabeth’s visa having expired so our “Plan B” was to return to Skopje but both Dave and I commented that we hoped we didn’t see each other quite that soon! At the train station we were offered a taxi to Greece for a mere €100! We passed and...

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