Over the last ten days, we have been finding all the nooks and crannies of Thessaloniki Greece, mostly under grey clouds and misty cliffs. The city markets are interesting. It is the first time in the Balkans that I hear vendors shouting out their products. Thessaloniki is a vocal city, friends shout across the street, drivers encourage each other in their own special ways, and there is almost a choral symphony reverberating in the markets. Lunch at a restaurant hidden at the side of the market featured fresh fish and live music.
Alexandropoulis on our last stop before Turkey continued the same weather. Still, the temperature reaches 14-15 deg C (57-59 deg F), not bad for December 5. It becomes a time of reflection. I realized today that we will celebrate St. Nicholas day here in Alex-city, the first time without Megan. We have bought our bus tickets and completed hotel reservations for arrival in Istanbul, where we begin the next episode.