Now that I'm back in Canada I can catch up on posts from Greece. At the same time I can mourn the fact that my year abroad is over. Our first stop was Thessaloniki...Thessalo..what? Thessaloniki is probably not the first place you think of in Greece, but it should be one of them. It's Greece's second city and far off the tourist map. Numerous people told us we were the first Canadians they've seen in 2014. Because of this, people don't treat you like tourists (I.E overcharging you, getting annoyed with your giant map), they treat you like a visitor, and are eager to share their city with you. If you want to eat authentic Greek food at reasonable prices, come to Thessaloniki!
We stumbled upon this Canadian square while trying to dodge the heat. We found it odd that this thing existed in a city that Canadians rarely visit.
The city has some of the best Roman ruins outside of Rome, and they are not busy!
Alexander the Great!
Beer is a good idea when it feels like +42.
Greece has a stray cat and dog problem, some are cute, others are not.
One part of the city is next to the sea, the other part is up a mountain. The lower part was destroyed by a fire, but the upper city still has many of the original thousand year old houses.
Thessaloniki set the bar high, next stop, Athens.