Thessaloniki, Greece – Served Up On A Plate

Ok, so Greece was on the map for countries you can travel to with an Interrail pass, so of course, we were going there - but traveling by train to Greece has become somewhat of a joke.

I remember hearing a comedian talking about traveling in Europe, and how you can book a train ticket and end up on a bus or book bus ticket and end up on a boat – that couldn’t be more true in Greece.

Since the economy totally crashed in Greece, they have been cutting down on a lot of things to save money – too many things… During the time we were there, riots started down in Athens, because people have seen no real improvement despite all the cuts.

One of the things they have cut down on is train travel.

From now on, there are no longer any international trains to or from Greece. They have completely secluded themselves from their neighboring countries, and seem to have the intention of keeping it that way for quite some time.

So now you can’t travel by train to Greece, but you can still travel by train in the country.

So yes, we kind of cheated by taking a bus – but since it was the only option, I don’t know how we could have done it differently.

Getting out of Greece to Bulgaria, we were looking for a bus company which went there. It turned out that the most frequent bus is run by OSE – the Greek railway company, and you can only book it from the train station, where no trains went…

But I have to say it was definitely worth the hassle.

Our time spent in Thessaloniki was great. We had never been on the main land of Greece before, and the northern parts were very different from the islands in many ways, but it still had that lovely Greek vibe and architecture all around.

I would have loved to see more of Northern Greece, but this time we put the focus on Thessaloniki with its many ruins, architecture, history and amazing food.

With emphasize on the latter: FOOD. Thessaloniki is known for having some of the best food in Greece, and their mezes were to die for!

Churches, ruins and history in all honor, but the best of Thessaloniki is served on a plate, or many many plates … ;)

9 Responses to Thessaloniki, Greece – Served Up On A Plate

  1. ruth kozak September 10, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    I’ve traveled in the north lots of times, mainly doing research for my historical novel. There are many interesting places to see there. I’ve never spent a lot of time in “Saloniki, but there are other places that are very interesting in the north.
    And bus travel there is more convenient than the train as you can hop off wherever you want.  Try it. you’ll like it!

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 11, 2011 at 6:38 am #

      I’d love to explore more of northern Greece, especially make a visit to Meteora!

  2. Christine September 10, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I absolutely love Greece. I studied abroad in Athens and it was the experience that set me into my current expat life (albeit, in Spain!). I’ve heard only good things about Thessaloniki–will have to go there next time!

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 11, 2011 at 6:41 am #

      Greece is a very unique country and easy to fall in love with! Thessaloniki was a fun city, next time we’ll make sure we travel around to the surrounding areas as well.

  3. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    The only restaurant I ever ate at in Greece was in thessaloniki, and it was delicious. I am going back there in a few days on route to Cairo.

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 17, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      the food was great there wasn’t it! I loved it, have fun when you go back there again :)

  4. Realtree September 14, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Greece.. ugh! From the first I stepped out of Greece, I felt like I am with the gods and goddesses. The Grecian vibe was all over me especially seeing the architecture style and food.

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