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The Twilight of The Gods

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Heading to the cradle of Greek mythology🔱following the footsteps of Alexander The Great, before a one day  détour to Athens to help the Greek Red Cross , as last year and finally return to the homeland of  King Minos and Prince Rhadamanthys: Crete. 🇬🇷👑

What a way to be welcomed to Greece for  an unforgettably beautiful series of islands, mountains, beaches and lakes, each more stunning than the last . 
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Thessaloniki, capital of culture and beauty

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Here we are : Thessaloniki / Θεσσαλονίκη. Home of Aristotle, Alexander the Great and the Olympian Gods. The city was named after Alexander the Great half sister, and his blood sister name was Cleopatra of Macedonia

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Named after the half-sister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, also known as the co-capital, a cosmopolitan city with a unique character. It was founded in 315 BC by Cassandra, King of Macedonians. In Roman times, it was considered the most important city at the foot of Via Egnatia, the main road linking Rome to the Byzantine Empire (Constantinople)

The first thing you may notice is the white tower, also known as the bloody tower because of the 1826 massacre that took place inside, symbol of Thessaloniki and emblematic monument. Its date of construction is not really known, lost in the mists of time, but probably around 1530 during the Ottoman period.

The first thing you may notice is the white tower, also known as the bloody tower because of the 1826 massacre that took place inside, symbol of Thessaloniki and emblematic monument. Its date of construction is not really known, lost in the mists of time, but probably around 1530 during the Ottoman period.

Thessaloniki White TowerThe seaside is a marvel with the sound of waves against singing. Do not miss the beautiful 5 km promenade on the seafront of Thessaloniki, many cafes and restaurants will allow you to take a break.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg! Thessaloniki is a city of museums, pilgrims, culture and history. Let’s take them one by one, are we going?

Museums: Thessaloniki has ten, one larger than the other. Pilgrim: The famous and beautiful church of Agia Sofia, as well as Agios Dimitrios, the largest church in Greece, are just two of the churches of Thessaloniki.

Culture: The Aristotelian university, the national theater, the cinema club, the concert hall, these are only examples.

History: the old town where time has stopped, the archaeological site of Toumba, the ancient forum.

Finally, do you want an extra? You just have to taste the delicacy of the famous bougatsa that you will find in specialty stores located in almost every corner. All this will make Thessaloniki unforgettable.

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The seaside cafes
Impossible to miss the national hero.

Alexander the Great statue in Thessaloniki seafront   It must be said that few men realized what Alexandre achieved in just 13 years.

Alexander II of Macedonia ( born 20/21 July 356 BC- Death 10/11 June 323 BC ) known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the former kingdom of Macedonia. Son of Philip and Olympias, brother of Cleopatra, pupil of Aristotle, he was a member of the Argead dynasty. He was born in Pella in 356 BC. AD and succeeded his father Philip II to the throne at the age of twenty. He spent most of his years in power on an unprecedented military campaign across Asia and northeastern Africa. He had already created at the age of 30 one of the greatest empires of the ancient world, which extended from Greece to north-west India. He was undefeated in action and is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished military commanders in history. However, in addition to his military victories, Alexander’s strength was to adapt to local customs, to adopt them as proof of his intelligence. In any case, he knew how to fully live the meaning of his name: “the defender of men “😍

All these emotions have made us hungry, so the boarding house we are staying at  held by two adorable grandmas that cooked for us tonight. Here is another aspect that makes us love this country so much: the kindness and hospitality of the local population. Such a change compared to France, which is quite verbally aggressive. Second stay and goodness and benevolence are felt despite our poor  knowledge of the language of Homer which is not as developed as that of the language of Shakespeare or Miguel de Unamuno.

Greek food
What a beautiful way to be greeted in Greece!
Then heading for a night tour
Valentine
And tomorrow, awakening at dawn, so m
uch we are eager to admire as many facets as possible of the beauty of the colors of the cradle of the European civilization at sunrise as well as at sunset.
So you like it so far ? See you tomorrow to follow our journey on Mount Olympus: hiking, nature and fresh air.
Day 2 – En route to Mount Olympus.

At the foot of Mount Olympus, is the sacred city of Dion of the former kingdom of Macedonia. Its name is a diminutive of Dionysios and other Greek names beginning with the Greek word element (Dios) meaning “from ZEUS”.