Thessaloniki

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Just week before my birthday my friend called me and sister and ask: “Do you have some plans for next weekend? What you think to go together to Thessaloniki and Platamon just for 50 Euro for 3 days?” First I thought she's kidding us, but teachers from her school had some “crazy” 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 what’s happening - he saw my face and started to laugh:”OK lady, why are you hiding that is your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY !” I didn’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 .

"greek dance"
  Town just started to wake up , lazy  and slowly  and we  took a little walk through the still  empty colorful market  and enjoyed in  beautiful smell  of the sea coming through the air... on Aristothelus square we "shaked" with  Aristothelus  finger  in hope we become  little wiser :o)  .

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.

Aristoteles

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.

modern Thessaloniki and old roman forum in the centre
D. in commemoration of Galerius victory over Persians and was a part of 4 gateway which was situated at the point of the ceremonial way from the palace.

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.

part of roman forum


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the White tower
the White tower
greek dance
"greek dance"
Aristoteles
Aristoteles
modern Thessaloniki and old roman …
modern Thessaloniki and old roman…
part of roman forum
part of roman forum
part of the roman forum in the cen…
part of the roman forum in the ce…
part of roman forum
part of roman forum
Navarinou Square at the city center
Navarinou Square at the city center
Agios Demetrios church
Agios Demetrios church
Agios Demetrios church
Agios Demetrios church
Agios Demetrios - patron saint of …
Agios Demetrios - patron saint of…
Church of Panaghia Chalkeon (Our L…
Church of Panaghia Chalkeon (Our …
almost on every corner is one chur…
almost on every corner is one chu…
so many little churches youll fin…
so many little churches you'll fi…
the Arch of Galerius in the centre
the Arch of Galerius in the centre
part of The Arch of Galerius
part of The Arch of Galerius
Rotonda of St.George
Rotonda of St.George
inside Rotonda
inside Rotonda
Rotonda of St.George
Rotonda of St.George
Rotonda with minaret
Rotonda with minaret
Rotonda of St.George
Rotonda of St.George
one  moment of time
one "moment of time"
sisters
sisters
colorfull market
colorfull market
market place
market place
market place early in the morning,…
market place early in the morning…
game ...
game ...
sweet little colorful boat
sweet little colorful boat