Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Thessaloníki, Greece

Jun 11, 2018 - Meteora

Once again the drive was easy and the border crossing a little slow but at least we had reached Greece where our target was the monastery town of Meteora after a short stop in the very pretty lakeside village of Kastoria. The big highlight of the trip was a bear sighting made by eagle-eyed Gilli. Unlike earlier 'mythical whale sightings' she got this one spot-on and we were all glued on the grassy fields for more. Signs advised we were in bear country but we saw no more. We're still not certain if the one we did see was 3 or 5 or maybe 10...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

May 22, 2017 - Meteora

Oh my gosh.....have I already overused "amazing"? I'm sorry, but today was SOOOO amazing (this is not the last time I'm going to say amazing). Yesterday Barb, Peggy and I took a 5-hr bus trip (3 buses actually) to Meteora, an amazing place north of Athens, where there are these immense rock towers - five with still active monasteries at the top, other towers have ruins of monasteries. When we arrived in Kalabaka, the town at the base of the huge rocks, it was raining. Peggy said "well, maybe it will let up by tomorrow..." at which instant...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


A Group in Greece

May 21, 2017 - Travelling to the Monasteries

Today is the day that Peg, Lorraine and Barb got out of Dodge (Nafplio). I love our house in Nafplio. Once I got familiar with the city and could make my way to the grocery store and bus stop, knowing that I could find my way home and the 65 steps to our front door, the city is a delight to explore. But, there is so much to see in Greece. It’s a constant pull and I have to resolve that I will not see everything that I came for. We had read about monasteries built in the rock formations in central Greece so today caught a bus for Athens (2...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


A Group in Greece

Sep 22, 2015 - Amazing Meteora and the Monasteries

We were in luck this morning as we awoke to cloudy but dry weather even though it had rained through the night. It was so lovely overnight and we slept with our balcony doors wide open. Reasonably relaxed wake up this morning as the monasteries on the mountains do not open until 9am. Decent breakfast offering of the usual cereals, scrambled eggs and hams and plenty of Greek cakes and pastries and the most amazing yogurt ever. Have finally found something the Greeks have got right. We were staying right at the base of the rocks so only a...

Jump to full entry

Sep 10, 2015 - Happy Birthday Heather, It Never Rains in Greece in thw Summer

Pouring rain this morning and where is our umbrella? In the luggage that we checked which is supposedly at Athens airport as of the last check on line. We stopped at the place where they make religious icons and learned the 3 processes they use. Everything done by hand on canvas, done by computer (seriography) on canvas and done on paper with a photo (lithography). The ones by hand are drawn on canvas, then painted with natural paints(plants, rocks) going from dark colors to light colors, then gold leaf is applied around the icon. When...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Greece is the Word

Nov 15, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 8

The jutting pinnacles and cliffs of the Meteora were once sediments of an inland sea. About 10 million years ago vertical tectonic movements pushed the entire region out of the sea at a sloping angle. The same tectonic movements caused the flanking mountains to move closer, exerting extreme pressure on the hardened sedimentary deposits. The Meteora developed netlike fissures and cracks. The weathering and erosion that followed formed the towering outcrops of rock that now vault heavenwards. That is the geology of the area and is a very dry...

Jump to full entry

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....

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com