Likes & Dislikes


Thessaloniki - Aristotle (or Aristotelis) Square - t.p. photo

“The whole center of Thessaloniki is full of mandarin and orange trees, and they look spectacular. There are many other plants and flowers, and many olive trees, which really gives it that true Mediterranean feeling. I love Mediterranean architecture here, and the fact that there are no ugly tower blocks, just a lot of low apartment buildings with balconies.


“Be sure to drop by Aristoteles Square late in the afternoon or early in the evening, as the locals gather to stand or sit in groups, and discuss the big or small issues of the world over a frappe on the terraces of cafés (e.g. complaining about the country’s political elite). Prices in cafés and bars are very high, especially for beers and other alcoholic drinks (€8-10 for a cocktail).
In fact, it isn’t even really a square in the true sense, but just an intersection of pedestrian streets.

It was annoying that African vendors are constantly trying to sell junk to tourists (fake perfume brands, wallets, cigarettes). There are also street musicians and portrait artists on the square, but there’s way too much litter everywhere – it’s such thoughtless behavior.

There are a surprising number of (illegal?) immigrants from all around the world. Africans, Arabs, Balkan Roma and so on. The street vendors also try to sell to people sitting on café terraces. Many of the African guys tell people they’re from Jamaica, because that sounds better to tourists than saying they’re from Nigeria or Senegal. They’ll spout all sorts of nonsense, just to sell something.

The local Greeks don’t seem to mingle much with these immigrant groups. Also, Greek children run around in the street until late at night, making all kinds of noise, and their parents don’t seem to mind.
The bars and cafés down by the waterfront are occupied mostly by the local young people. It’s nice to spent a bit of time down by the harbor, in the shade of a palm tree.




Thessaloniki - electric scooter for rent - ata photo



Thessaloniki - A spectacular sandwich - smoked pork ham, smoked cheese cream, fried eggs, cheddar sauce - p.t. photo



Thessaloniki - street art - a.s. photo


Thessaloniki - Seaside promenade - t.p. photo

Destination in brief




Greece - Thessaloniki - Arc of Galerius II (Galerius was a Roman tetrarch who ruled the eastern Roman empire from 293 - 311AD) - i.v. photo



Thessaloniki - Roman Rotunda - K. Elter's photo

Thessaloniki - White tower - K. Elter's photo

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