"Never mind the Prefecture" Prefecture of Thessaloniki by IoannaE

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I had to laugh when I saw a note Yannis2000 just sent me - commenting on my homepage, he said ' long live the prefecture of Thessaloniki'.
I'm not sure how I ended up with the prefecture rather than the city as my 'home town', but whatever...

Home town is actually a misnomer, I've only lived here for the past six years. I come from 'down below' , as they say here, or 'south of the creek' - the creek being the Corinth Canal (anyone coming from south of the Canal is actually from the Peloponnese). As it happens I grew up just south of the creek, in Corinth itself. But that's another story.

Here's what we down-belowers know about Thessaloniki even before we get here:
Great food.
Middle-Eastern sweets.
Bougatsa for breakfast and gyros for a snack.
Endless cafes, seaside or otherwise.
Byzantine ruins (including World Heritage churches).
People of Asia Minor or Black Sea refugee descent.
Kasbah-like central market.
' The most erotic city of Greece'. Nightclubs. Lots of them.
Traffic that's almost as bad as Athens.
' Capital of the Balkans' .
You can see Mount Olympus across the bay. (Well, actually some of us don't know that until we get here).
Lovely remnants of Turkish-style old town in the Upper Town.
Fantastic student life.
Fog, rain, cold winters and sticky summers.

And you know what? It's all true.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A barfly's dream, an archeology buff's delight
  • Cons:Noise, sidewalks occupied by cafe chairs and parked cars
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