Thessaloniki

Day 130- Walk around Thessaloniki

Today we enjoyed the cool air and sunshine as we wandered in Thessaloniki.  

We started by checking out the Roman Forum that is just situated in the middle of town! It was add walking through buildings and a modern park, to just come across this! 

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We then headed down towards the water and found this pretty square! It was all Christmas-y which I loved:) 

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Then we walked along the very long Boardwalk! It’s actually a 5.5 km walk! It was lovely to see the boats and Mount Olympus in the distance! 

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This evening, Alexander flew his drone over the city and got some great views of the sunset and the water! (This photo was just taken from our window) 

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Day 129- Day Trip to Pella

Today we decided to go on a day trip to Pella! We thought we should check it out because it is the historical capital of Macedon while it was under the rule of Alexander the Great (Alexander’s namesake)! 

We took a couple buses and about an hour and a half to get to this, now, little village. The bus dropped us off outside of town and we walked through it to get to the museum and ruins. 

In the middle of town we found this statue of Alexander. Can’t you see the resemblence?  

Underneath the statue, it says “Alexander the Great”. 

Underneath the statue, it says “Alexander the Great”. 

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Since it is off season, we were the only ones at the museum! Alexander had a great time connecting with his past-life self :p 

We learned about daily life in Macedonia, specifically life in Pella about 300 BC. At first we thought it was strange that Pella was a large capital city, because today it really is in the middle of nowhere. However, back a couple thousand years ago, it was right on the coast! The water has been pushed back farther now, so Thessaloniki is the edge. (In the photo below, the blue flag is Pella)

We learned about daily life in Macedonia, specifically life in Pella about 300 BC. At first we thought it was strange that Pella was a large capital city, because today it really is in the middle of nowhere. However, back a couple thousand years ago, it was right on the coast! The water has been pushed back farther now, so Thessaloniki is the edge. (In the photo below, the blue flag is Pella)

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After seeing the museum and getting some tea in the cafe, we walked a couple kilometers to the archeological site! We walked the same streets as the Macedonians and Alexander himself! 

After seeing the museum and getting some tea in the cafe, we walked a couple kilometers to the archeological site! We walked the same streets as the Macedonians and Alexander himself! 

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We were most impressed by the public bath houses because they had an advanced underground system that brought in warm, clean water and that took out dirty water, along with an underground sewer system! It was also the most preserved area of the city! 

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Afterwards, we walked back to the bus station and were able to find a bus back to Thessaloniki! Once we got back, we walked to a gyro place and had those for dinner!