RKS Travel: Thessaloniki’s Museum of Photography and Fred Boissonnas

When in Thessaloniki Greece I make it a point to head over to the revitalized Port district to visit the Museum of Photography that never disappoints with its monthly themed expositions. Architecturally a modern gem and always low key in terms of attendance. In September they had an exhibition entitled “Fred Boissonnas and the Mediterranean”.Continue reading “RKS Travel: Thessaloniki’s Museum of Photography and Fred Boissonnas”

RKS Travel: Thessaloniki, Greece: Greece Eats: Pantopolio Food Emporium

I am not quite sure what to classify Pantopolio as? A deli would be too crude. I think I will settle with a “food emporium” crammed full of Greek delights, cheese, wine, seafood, meats just to name a few. There are literally hundreds of high-quality food items here. I discovered this wonderful shop 4 yearsContinue reading “RKS Travel: Thessaloniki, Greece: Greece Eats: Pantopolio Food Emporium”

RKS Travel: Thessaloniki, Greece Eats: Where the Dinosaurs Go to Eat: Kafeneio Pyrgos

On the surface in the heavily trafficked areas of Thessaloniki one may be left with the impression the younger set survives on coffee and as the sun sets move on to cocktails. As in Toronto so it goes in Thessaloniki where wine and beer is dying and the mighty cocktail lifts its costly head. ThereContinue reading “RKS Travel: Thessaloniki, Greece Eats: Where the Dinosaurs Go to Eat: Kafeneio Pyrgos”

RKS Travel: RKS Hotel Reviews: Daios Luxury Living in Thessaloniki Greece

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city behind Athens. Despite being an old fogey I certainly pick up a very youthful and hip vibe in Thessaloniki. And that has been constant in the last decade. The cafes and bars are packed and it is a love affair with the cocktail and coffee. I prefer Thessaloniki toContinue reading “RKS Travel: RKS Hotel Reviews: Daios Luxury Living in Thessaloniki Greece”

RKS Travel: The Evolution of the Greek Hotel Breakfast and the Devolution of the Author

I was 12 in 1971 when I escaped a cloistered suburban setting in Montreal with an adventurous mother on the Auntie Mame level. Riding scooters to the Acropolis of Lindos on Rhodes, taking a fishing boat to the next village chased by leaping dolphins, being invited to parties and weddings by Greek islanders and seeingContinue reading “RKS Travel: The Evolution of the Greek Hotel Breakfast and the Devolution of the Author”

RKS Travel: Toronto to Athens: Escaping the COVID Shield

In 3 years I have been somewhat housebound as far as international travel goes. Paris in October of 2019. How great it was. Time to spread the wings so off to Greece for a real vacation. Very smooth car ride to Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Expecting pandemonium, we left some 4 hours of cushion. But believeContinue reading “RKS Travel: Toronto to Athens: Escaping the COVID Shield”

RKS Travel: So Your European Flight Delay/Cancellation/Rescheduling Has Caused You Aggravation: Your Rights as a Passenger

Thanks to less than astute airline and airport management coupled with the Canadian federal government’s COVID obsession Toronto Pearson’s Airport is now the worst in the world for delays and baggage loss. However I have several recountings of numerous European delays, flight cancellations and a stern warning from a diplomatic contact to avoid checking inContinue reading “RKS Travel: So Your European Flight Delay/Cancellation/Rescheduling Has Caused You Aggravation: Your Rights as a Passenger”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 9August2000: Epidavros, Greece: On the Flying Dolphin: Partying Until 2 a.m.

Woke up early and left Hotel Stanley in Athens to Piraeus to catch the hydrofoil Flying Dolphin to Epidavros. A very raunchy and decrepit taxi driver ripped me off “accidentally” taking me to the wrong dock. Finally reached the right dock and cursed the crook just making the boat. The boat is more like aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 9August2000: Epidavros, Greece: On the Flying Dolphin: Partying Until 2 a.m.”

RKS Travel: Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Harbour House

I have stayed twice at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Harbour House during the plague. Perhaps the strongest feature is its location off the dreaded main drag, Queen Street, clogged with day trippers in the summer and fall months eating Hungarian Funnel Cakes and chowing down on ice cream. Yet for tourist gawking, it is a rich gawking groundContinue reading “RKS Travel: Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Harbour House”