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. 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.
The city was named after the sister of Alexander The Great.
– Statue of Alexander The Great –
A lot of its most prominent tourist spots are …. let’s just say … appealing.
– White Tower –
– Church of Demetrios –
…. Especially to those who seek historical sights.
– Arch of Galerius –
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.
– Rotunda of Galerius –
– Ancient Agora (Roman Forum) of Thessaloniki –
My most favorite is the umbrella exhibit.
Funny it was actually raining when we were there.
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.
I’m going to let you in on a secret… because you and I are cool. 😉 There is a similar umbrellas display in Athens. It is in Syntagma Station.