First day, 24 June 2023 Saturday, Thessaloniki

Where are we now?

The trip did not start well. My lovely neighbours always sense when I’m traveling and don’t let me sleep the day before. I had to get up at 4:30 in the morning, and since the nice neighbour with his 3 children was playing catch under my window until 9, the plan to go to bed at 8 in the evening didn’t work out.

I made the one-hour-and-twenty-minute flight after less than 3 hours of sleep, and I arrived approx. at 10 am local time, which means nine o’clock at home. Since I had pumped myself up with energy drinks at the start, I wasn’t sleepy.

I went into the city, but I couldn’t last longer than 4 pm, not least because of the heat. I walked along the beach, went to a bakery, and ate 4 different delicacies in the shade next to the White Tower.

I escaped from the heat in the museum presenting the Byzantine era, which was huge and very good, and then also in the Archaeological Museum, which was smaller, but there were more tourists. I was already very tired here, and a half-hour walk back to the accommodation awaited me.

The outer part of the city is disappointing, just like in Athens, but the inner city surrounded by parallel streets next to the sea is beautiful and atmospheric. The architecture is quite mixed, next to the Bauhaus buildings, the Byzantine church, of which there are at least two dozen, fits well.

In the hotel room, I watched a movie on my iPad under the air conditioner and fell asleep at midnight. Although I woke up several times, I managed to sleep for almost 7 hours.

You can find pictures of the Museum of Byzantine Culture here

You can find pictures of the Archaeological Museum here