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A streetful of mansions

July 31, 2007 pm31 10:23 pm

Today I walked Queen Olga St (L. Vas. Olgas or something like that). Just outside the walls of Thessaloniki, it runs south parallel to the shore (and inland just a block or so) for a couple of miles. When it was first built, millionaires built villas there, and many are still standing. I will do a photo-post when I return, but what houses! They are now mostly museums of one sort or another – art galleries, schools, cultural centers. Some have fallen badly (irreperably) into bad states.

Near the end of my walk (and now far from the usual tourist area) I was getting hungry. So I turned back from the Balkan Cultural Center (the next to last mansion, I think), and turned on a quiet leafy street to a restaurant with lots of full tables in front. As it wasn’t yet 5, this was a bit surprising. The others were empty. Anyhow, I was guessing the local were right, and I wasn’t disappointed. It is called Taverna Kronos, and they made the best tomato (no cuke) salad of my stay. Since there were communication difficulty, and the menu was in cursive Greek, an older guy (manager?) led me inside to pick out which meat to cook. The lamb chops were definitely not the wrong choice. Add a bit of retsina, and the complementary watermelon, and this was my best (and last) meal in Thessaloniki. Nice way to end it!

Next up: Sofia.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2007 pm31 9:16 pm 9:16 pm

    Sounds like you’re fully enjoying your 10 weeks–and still posting more often than I do. Hope the rest of the trip goes well.

  2. August 6, 2007 pm31 4:44 pm 4:44 pm

    It did, thanks. I’ll be posting more stories once I get my Flickr together, probably tonight. These 10 weeks… they are worth much more than I realized. Can you believe I did all those years of summer school and summer programs?

  3. March 30, 2008 am31 2:18 am 2:18 am

    It’s funny you mentioned the cursive Greek. I had a similar experience in Greece with a menu, however the outcome wasn’t as successful as your’s. :- ) Great stuff, thanks!

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