“Travels to a Different Time” : 9September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Yet Another Stupendous Meal

Up today at 07:30 after a restless sleep. Breakfast in the cozy breakfast room of Hotel Daios Luxury Living. The service is prompt and usually spot on but I asked for some more hot water for my tea but a pot of coffee was brought instead. Although I refrain from eating farmed raised salmon due to the destruction it is causing to the wild salmon fishing stock in Canada I couldn’t resist having a few slabs over a freshly baked kooloura which is a skinny type bagel loaded with sesame seeds. There are predominately couples in the breakfast room and tattoo free today. I have become a tattoo watcher now!

Breakfast at Hotel Daios Luxury Living in Thessaloniki (Photo Robert K. Stephen)

After breakfast a visit to the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography on the wharf of the Old Port. The exhibit was called “Fred Boissonnas and the Mediterranean A Photographic Odyssey”. It was an exhibition “journey” to the significant photographic work of the famous Swiss photographer based on the collections of the Library of Geneva and the Central Library of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. It captured his photography between 1903-1930. Although this is Greece of a different era his photographs capture in part the modern Greek identity. You must know the past to understand the future.

Next it was nearby to see some modern photography at the MOMUS Experimental Center for the Arts . Provocative and imaginary works.

Both these museums are located on the wharf of the Old Port. They are modern and architecturally well executed and they are quiet.

Unfortunately, a large cruise ship had docked this morning but I suppose these museums are to artsy for the cruise crowd that loves its butter pats in Mickey Mouse design and the midnight chocolate buffet. These cruise ships have ruined Venice, Dubrovnik, Lisbon and Porto and now they have set their sights on Thessaloniki. Come see Thessaloniki before it is ruined by the cruise lines!

Took advantage of the free mini bar at the hotel and had a Coke in those neat small glass bottles. Read some Ana Karenin and only on page 321 of 890. Fotini had a sleep and I read on the balcony. Off to meet Fotini’s cousins at the Pirgos (White Tower) so we could head out for dinner at the very traditional Kafeneio Pyrgos with most tables outside. Unlike the youngsters downing coffee and cocktails throughout the city there are some “mature” elements to the patrons here. There was Ouzo, Tsipuro and Moschofilero white wine to drink. A stupendous meal of deep fried zucchini strips, mussels, octopus, calamari, gavros (smelts), tomato salad, fries and eggplant dip. Finished off at one in the morning. As for entertainment there was a table of 50 apparently from a radio station. One of the party was shouting and yelling about something causing one woman to storm out.

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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