Wednesday 14th October
The end of our Via Egnatia walk, we arrive in Thessaloniki!
We catch a bus from Chalkidona to Thessaloniki, the bus stop is about 100m down the road opposite the hotel, nice and handy. The buses depart approximately every half hour for Thessaloniki.
After waiting for a while, we eventually flagged down a bus 81 and jumped aboard! The ticket machine doesn't give any change of the bus, so you need the exact money. 1:30€ each for the two bus rides firstly to the central Thessaloniki bus station, then we went to the centre, to Egnatia Street, Thessaloniki on a bus number 12.
Changed bus at the central bus terminus for a number 12 bus.
We alighted in Egnatia street, only about 100 m from our Hotel Augustos! Very handy. Checked into our hotel at 11 am. Our room was ready, a nice clean room, plenty of space with a good size bathroom and shower cubicle! We head out to explore and walk the heritage walk as described in the via Egnatia guide book. (Lonely planet also describes a similar, but shorter walk)
Thessaloniki has had such an ancient and tumultuous past, it's been conquered and occupied so many times over the centuries some of the secrets require a little delving and deeper exploration to discover them. A devastating fire in 1917 destroyed much of the city.
The waterfront with the white tower in the background.
There's some amazing street art in Thessaloniki!
A beautifully decorated alley with restaurants, decorations are in the theme of an old travelling circus.
Old and new side by side
Tavernas surround the flea market off Venizelou street, near one of the archeological sites, we pause in our wandering and have some lunch at 1:45. The tavernas are only just opening,
It's a great people watching spot! Everything and anything is sold...
Magna Grecia salad 5:00 rocket, lettuce, sun dried tomato, kefalotyri cheese, sesame and balsamic vinegar
Melitzanosalata- smoked eggplant with garlic and olive oil 3:00
Grilled bread 0:50
Grilled Kefalotyri cheese with lime and mint vinegarette 5.00
Kebab meatballs with yoghurt sauce 6.50
Glass red wine 2.50
Raki 100 ml 3.50
The church dates from the 5th century, only part of the church remains, some of it was destroyed during the Ottoman times.
It's my favourite church in Thessaloniki!
There's so much symbolism and stories incorporated into this mosaic, the caretaker sat in the church with me and explained some of the history and symbolism.
Walking long the narrow winding streets of the old sections of Thessaloniki, Ano Poli that survived the great fire.
Inside the Rotunda, there are some frescoes still visible
Excavations at the rotunda reveal more earlier buildings and archeology.
We now follow the processional route of Galarius down towards the harbour...
Palace of Galarius
8:30 pm!! We must be going local, waiting until after 8 pm!
Paparouna in the Ladadaki area
Served a complimentary little mini cup of onion soup
Zucchini balls with fresh herbs and yoghurt dip 5.80
Oven grilled Salmon marinade of orange juice 11
Grilled squid stuffed with quinoa and vegetables flavoured with tAragon, spices green pepper sauce, garnished with caramelised chicory and tomato confit.
Glass white wine 5€
2 nights 110€
El. Svoronou 4, Thessaloníki, 54630, Greece
Just off Via Egnatia
Ano Poli - old town up high, charming old ottoman houses and narrow streets. Gives more of in insight into what Thessaloniki would have looked like prior to the devastation of the 1917 fire
Urban adventure food tour http://www.intrepidtravel.com/sightseeing/tastes-thessaloniki-uagrub $56 each
Colors Central Ladadika - 45euro pn small B&B in a grand heritage house http://colors.com.gr/en/ highly recommended