“Travels to a Different Time” : 10September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Arthritis Attack

For whatever reason one knee started flaring up in the middle of the night with intense pain and throbbing. I applied some anti-inflammatory cream I had prescribed at a special compounding pharmacy in Toronto. It supposedly takes two days to kick in. Had a delicious breakfast of smoked salmon, watermelon, fresh country bead, poached eggs and two cups of green tea. Headed up to the beautiful Agia St. Sophia where I made the mistake of sitting down as getting up after a rest was painful. Walking at downward and upward angles is not great for the knee. Any visions of a long walk were dashed so read on the expansive balcony and had a Hellas Pils beer certainly not a great beer but a good thirst quencher. I noted the marketplace has decreased over the years in terms of size and vendors. What a shame this market is shrivelling.

As our meal last night at Kafenion Restaurant was so good we returned for a repeat visit. It has been in business since 1945 which is about the average age of the patrons. Had ouzo, 500 mls of Moschofilero, cuttlefish, octopus with bread and a Cretan salad for 52 Euros.

Limped home to watch the incessant coverage of the death of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. Irrelevant to me as she is not my queen. The Brits on the telly have fallen hook line and sinker for an undemocratic institution. The monarchy are tabloid royalty! There was a small demonstration on the boardwalk apparently wanting the release of imprisoned far right New Dawn leaders. New Dawn was wiped out in the last general election. The are virulently anti-immigrant

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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