“Travels to a Different Time”: 8September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Where Have the Tattoos Gone?

Finally after 5 Greek sleeps I think I am adjusted to the time zone. Down for another buffet breakfast in a small restaurant feeding some 30 people instead of the hundreds at Doryssa Bay. Although I must say despite the number of items being much smaller here at Daios Luxury Living the breakfast food is of the highest quality. As this is a five-star hotel in an urban setting the breakfast crowd is well dressed. Only one person with a tattoo who was dressed more for the beach and stuck out a bit and the huge tattoo on her leg made her more conspicuous. We walked to the Old Port where we have visited before so I feel we are old hands at Thessaloniki. It is about a kilometre from the hotel and we walked along a city street instead of the promenade. There is an argument made that Thessaloniki may be the gastronomic capital of Greece. All manner of food shops and restaurants and walking these streets with wonderful smells is like no other city I have been in. You won’t find this in Toronto, Paris or New York.

The amazing Pantapolio deli in Thessaloniki (Photo Robert K. Stephen)

The Old Port with its long wharf is home to the Cinema Museum and the Photographic Museum which are modern and small but always a rich find is to be had. There are a couple of cafes and they offer a stunning view of Thessaloniki. We decided to just chill out a bit and rest sitting beside a tearful couple who looked they were breaking up. We also encountered a West Highland Terrier just like our dear old Dylan. We are up to 5 Westie sightings now in Greece. Wended our way back to Daios Luxury Living. Bought some sunscreen at a pharmacy at 41% off as summer is now over and they are clearing summer products out. There are so many pharmacies in Greece (as in Spain and Portugal) perhaps because there are no mega pharmacies like in Canada. Many pharmaceuticals that require a prescription in North America are sold over the counter with none of that obnoxious dispensing fee. Returned back to hotel and I slogged on reading Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin” outside on our expansive balcony overlooking the Gulf of Thessaloniki. Since we have such a huge balcony we decided we should eat out on it so I went to a deli we have been to previously “Pantopolio”. This is a gourmet deli well known to foodies, You name it they have it (except strangely no bread) so I bought some octopus, stuffed vine leaves, artichokes, a bottle of Moschofilero and local Chalkadiki olives which were somewhat tough. Talked with some Israelis who also were out on their much smaller balcony. After dinner a bit of reading and watching SKY TV about the death of England’s queen, Queen Elizabeth. The media is on a feeding frenzy

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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