Greece

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Thessaloniki. The name alone allures me. The name is so weird and awkward that it sounds so mesmerizing. The name alone is shrouded with mystery.ย I heard its name alone, and it felt like it’s calling me. I’m so glad I got to see it. Otherwise, it would had killed my curiosity.

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The city was named after the sister of Alexander The Great.

Alexander The Great– Statue of Alexander The Great –

A lot of its most prominent tourist spots are …. let’s just say … appealing.

White Tower– White Tower –

Church of Saint Demetrios– Church of Demetrios –

…. Especially to those who seek historical sights.

Arch of Galerius– Arch of Galerius –

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I do love that it dovetails as an open air Byzantine museum. Thessaloniki has its own construction and style that is distinct from the Greece signature of the usual all-white and blue.

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Rotunda of Galerius– Rotunda of Galerius –

Roman Forum Thessaloniki– Ancient Agora (Roman Forum) of Thessaloniki –

My most favorite is the umbrella exhibit.

umbrellas in Thessaloniki

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Funny it was actually raining when we were there.

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Thessaloniki. A runner-up to Athens as the largest city in Greece. Not as popular as Santorini. I say only close to being more charming than Corfu. Thessaloniki is not grand nor mediocre. Thessaloniki is not as chaotic as Athens, but not as tranquil than many Greece islands or villages. It doesn’t stand out. It is purely simple. Thessaloniki is not the best. It is not the worst. It doesn’t take the center stage. It doesn’t care about the spotlight. Thessaloniki is just cool like that. Just like the umbrellas, Thessaloniki feels like it always floats only in the middle… and I have a special spot for it.

Last Calls…

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I’m going to let you in on a secret… because you and I areย cool. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There is a similar umbrellas display in Athens. It is in Syntagma Station.

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      • The umbrella exhibit! That was the first image I saw, I have to remember that the WP reader shows only the first image – apologies, mea culpa. Would love to visit Greece one day, I will remember this post when I do. And I promise to visit here more often, the last few years of my life have been difficult in many ways and I’m finally catching up with everything.

  1. Another adventure for Rommel, and thank you again for taking us along for the ride. Like you, a name of a place can pique my curiosity too, and it is made even better when the city was named after the sister of Alexander The Great – and it is a beautiful place. Wishing you many more happy travels Rommel and take care in the New Year.

    • Thanks Lau. It’s a little hard to tell what I think of Thessaloniki because a lot of it are from my vibe or sense for it, and not necessarily what’s there.

  2. I meant to tell you: thank you for a lovely walk around my home town. I’m glad you found it so cool – totally agree with you! Great shots, I love especially the rainy ones. Rains suits Thessaloniki I find.

  3. So many gems in amongst that drab city stuff! I’m so glad you took me there, Rommel. I too have always been a little curious. ๐Ÿ™‚ Many years ago in Halkidiki I wanted to visit but ‘logistics’ weren’t with me (I had a very small boy in tow ๐Ÿ™‚ ) And I LOVE those brollies! Ya got me singing in the rain ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thank you for your post about my hometown! Yes, Thessaloniki is just like that, standing quiet and alone for centuries, waiting to be discovered.. It is not the most beautiful place in Greece, but somehow, it is the most beautiful place in Greece! There is something special in the air, I guess! And the rain suits it best!

  5. Wow!Your post is better than mine,Rommel!I have to be a tourist again …
    Stunning photography,my friend.Did you see the Argo?She is such a beautiful trireme in the harbour of the Thermaic Gulf ….

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