Thessaloniki Travel Blog› entry 1 of 4 › view all entries
Just week before my birthday my friend called me and sister and ask: â€śDo you have some plans for next weekend? What you think to go together to Thessaloniki and Platamon just for 50 Euro for 3 days?â€ť First I thought she's kidding us, but teachers from her school had some â€ścrazyâ€ť discount for that trip and they had 2 more free places in mini bus and we were invited to join them. Jupi !!! Of course we go ! So, sister and me take free Friday and happy weekend started :o) Even customs official on Macedonian border get me out of bus to wish me happy birthday when saw date in my passport. In first moment I thought something is wrong and was confused and worried whatâ€™s happening - he saw my face and started to laugh:â€ťOK lady, why are you hiding that is your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY !â€ť I didnâ€™t believe he get me out of bus to do that and i shared with him cookies i bring for people in bus :o) Crazy start of the trip :o)
After we left gray cloudy Belgrade we arrived early in the morning in Thessaloniki , beautiful sunny morning and whole town looked like flowing through that brightness .
The White Tower shined on the Sun , beautiful and proud 'cause knew she was so important in defence of this town , so deserved to see my "greek dance" . This town is really amazing, modern and old buildings mixed with some special charm , Navarino square with buildings painted in few colors looks so charming - in one moment in the middle of the modern buildings we "jumped" into Roman Market ! The whole town is like open archeological find, on every corner you'll be surprised with something new.
And churches ... so many of them, also situated amoung buildings, the most of them dating from time when Thessaloniki was the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire, and one of them and most known is Agios Demetrios church (agios means saint) 'cause he was the patron saint of Thessaloniki and is famous for six extant mosaic panels.Step by step we found so many interesting places and i become to fall in love in this town.
And you can't stay inferior when you see amazing Arch of Galerius (of course again in the centre surounded by modern buildings), and looks so gorgeous even today ( i just can try to imagine how was in that time ) - its built in 305 A.
Oh yes, and Rotonda, great circular building which was used as Pantheum or as Mausoleum for emperor Galerius. When we came was under reconstruction inside, but still looked gorgeous. Destiny of this building was that during the Turkish occupation was a mosque and minaret they build still stand, and today famous Rotonda is Church of St. George...
Really amazing town, every step i made as i walked through history, from Romans, Turks, Byzantine Empire...such amazing mix of all of them , eveyone left his sign for ever in this town.
This town deserved to be loved because of such everlasting beauty and charm and i'm happy 'cause i was part of that in one very happy day :o)))
So, only what i can tell you is : Go there, smell Thessaloniki, dance your "greek dance" and be sure you'll have big smile on your face and soul every time you recall your memories of that moments.