Training to Thessa

Thessaloniki Travel Blog

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Kesh: We had set 2 alarms to get us up at 530 so we could get our train, but one was too quiet and the other was set for the wrong time. Luckily Cam woke up at 540 and gave us all a shake. Maria had left us sandwiches for our breakfast so we picked these up and bombed it on the tram to the train station. We spent up the rest of our lev in a supermarket buying up enough snacks to last us a week then jumped on the train. We met 2 lovely girls who were travelling around too in our cabin, and having the extra company to play cards and comment on celeb gossip made the journey go really fast. When we got into Thessaloniki we still hadn’t decided what we were going to do, the train to Athens was at 1630, and it was already 1400, or we could have a bit more time in Thessa and catch the over night bus at midnight. We decided for the latter option and dumped our stuff before heading to the waterfront, where we ran into the girls again. We decided to do a whirlwind tour of the city with them, but as we approached Aristotle Square it started pouring with rain, so we ducked into a café to refuel with a Greek coffee before starting our tour. We walked along the water front past loads of fancy cafes and restaurants towards the White tower with Mount Olympus in the background, unfortunately the tower closed at 3, so we missed out on going inside. We walked passed the TV tower and the ruins to a pantheon which has now been converted to a church; from here we could see the city walls. Our aim was for the markets, but by the time we got there they had ended, we found a lovely taverna with good food and cheap wine so holed up there for a little while. We had the names of a few bars in town, but when we got back to the waterfront at sunset the place had come alive, and there was no way we would find a spot at any of these places for a drink (and it would have been an expensive one too!) so we headed back to our restaurant who now had a big screen for the football and live traditional music. So we settled in until we had to leave for our bus at 11.

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