“Travels to a Different Time” :21-28 July 2007: Thessaloniki Greece

The flight from Munich to Thessaloniki was just over two hours in length on Air Berlin. Non descript ham and cheese sandwich on Wonderbread. After so much great Bavarian meats and cheeses who would have thought the Germans could have sunk so low. Arrived in Thessaloniki in 45-degree heat. Although the Porto Palace Hotel is newly renovated from a former shoe factory it really is quite deserted and industrial. We have an executive suite overlooking the hotel entrance and a communication tower. Not realizing the time difference we missed breakfast. I did manage to finagle some Greek yogurt and honey with some croissants.

As Fotini has relatives we went to their seaside town summer residence in Perea a suburb of Thessaloniki which at one point was a quaint fishing village but now it is a suburb. You can get there via a ferry from the port of Thessaloniki but we took a taxi for 17 Euros. There is a boardwalk crammed with seafood restaurants. The beach is mediocre and a shadow of what it was years ago. We had a wonderful lunch with tables right on the sand. Octopus, calamari, gavros (anchovies), sardines, fries and much more.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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