Three November Days in Thessaloniki, Greece

In late November, I spent three days in Thessaloniki, having booked in at the Superior One Boutique Hotel. The Hotel is very modern (compared to its surroundings), has very spacious rooms and bathrooms, and is in a great location. Being the Black Friday weekend, it was a busy time of year. If you are sensitive to noise, then ask for a room not facing the street. I myself had no problems, but traffic was definitely noisy.

I took this photo from one of the two balconies of my room.

Ionos Dragoumi Street

We had arrived in the late afternoon, and walked to the sea shore to see the sun setting.

It was a fairly short walk (1.6km) from the hotel to the White Tower. When you get there, be prepared to get hassled by mobile phone and perfume vendors scouring for easy-to-spot tourists.

In late November, they still offer some short boat trips from the White Tower towards the sea port and back again. The boat tickets are € 3, and a beverage service is also offered on board.

The photo actually shows a sail boat on tour, which we only watched from a seaside café.

Most places had out-door heaters running in the evening (daytime temp was around 15°C) for the many people who still want to eat outside.

Then there is also the heat from within, when you order a glass of ouzo. 🙂

Most traditional taverns, which serve the best local food, are located – as usual – in the little side streets. Around the Aristotelous Square, you find mostly cafés, fusion food restaurants, and many stores.

21 Amazing Places in Germany

​This is a comprehensive collection of unusual places to visit around Germany. I haven’t been to a single one.

London in March

We stopped by Southwark Cathedral (formerly St. Saviour’s parish), where Shakespeare’s younger brother, Edmond, is buried. His burial place is marked by a ledger stone in the choir area.

Church

From the Thames River looking at the Gherkin.

London and the Gherkin

 

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Tower Bridge, London

Around Camden

Chalk Farm Road in Camden

Dressed for cool days in London, we came in winter clothing. We had sunny days, and after the first afternoon, we left our warm clothing in the suitcase. The young man in the photo was the reason for our visit.

On the London Bridge

September Notes from Istanbul

From the Eminönü Port at the southern end of the Galata Bridge (which crosses the Golden Horn), we took the ferry to the other side, Kadiköy, on the Asian side.

This was a split-second decision as the ferry was just about to leave and so we just hopped on. I did not even take the time to check the balance left on our very handy Istanbulkard.

It was about a 20-minute ride crossing the Bosporus into the Sea of Marmara, and once we arrived we checked our guide book to see how often the ferryboats run, which is about every 20 minutes. Beware, there is no time table at the port.

Ferry ride to Kadiköy

We arrived in Kadıköy and walked towards the main road and some side streets. The only thing we had in mind was finding a place which serves fish (for my companion). After an hour of just walking around, we decided to take the ferry back and have dinner in the ‘Bazaar Quarter’.

Wish we had read Istanbul’s Lesser Known Wonder: ‘The Asian Side’ by Enigma on TripAdvisor beforehand.

Kadiköy

Coming off the ferry at Kadiköy Port

Here we are just about to pull out from Kadıköy Port. The return was on a very modern ferry with a big TV screen in front, with youngsters taking at least ten selfies before the ferry even took off.

Kadiköy Port

It was about 6:40pm when everything looked so blue.

Bosporus

Ferry rides are relatively cheap and very pleasant.  And a great way to relax your tired feet.

Things to Do In and Around Stuttgart

Our stateside nephew, who is coming to Germany for his honeymoon this month, asked us for some suggestions what to do when he and his wife spend their week in and around the Stuttgart area.

If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share them here.

This might be THE fest in Stuttgart you are looking for.  See cannstatter-volksfest.de/en/landing-page/.
It starts on 25 September 2015 and is in the Top 10 of Germany’s biggest Bierfests.

There’s the Porsche museum www.porsche.com/museum/en/ and the Mercedes museum www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/classic/museum/.

 TripAdvisor lists both museums among a number of other attractions: www.tripadvisor.ie/Attractions-g187291-Activities-Stuttgart_Baden_Wurttemberg.html.
Other websites offer more suggestions: www.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/stuttgart-itinerary and www.traveldudes.org/travel-tips/10-beaten-track-tips-do-stuttgart/13615.
 
If you like wine, there are tours and tastings on offer: www.weinstube-muz.de/weinproben/weinproben.en.html.
There’s also a wine festival in nearby Untertuerkheim that ends on the 20th.  More info on wine in Stuttgart:  presse.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/wine-wine-growers-and-wine-festivals.

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