Thessaloniki, Greece. This was our first trip abroad following the easing of travel restrictions since the corona virus pandemic forced the country into a full scale lock down, and it could not have come soon enough! So with a new found appreciation for normally being able to travel as much as we do, it felt great to get back on a plane, even with a few noticeable differences, and visit a new place to explore.
We left the UK during an unprecedented heat wave and landed in Greece with some very unpredictable weather going from sunny skies one minute to violent thunder storms the next. We managed to plan most of our time here around the worst of the weather so it didn’t slow us down too much and at night watching the fork lightning from our hotel crash on the distant mountains was an event in itself.
We spent the first couple of nights in the city, seeing the castle, churches and ancient ruins dotted about, but we also had a car to go a bit further afield. We drove out to the Edessa Waterfalls, the largest waterfalls in Greece, this is where we experienced the worst of the weather.After waiting in the car for the rain to ease, we enjoyed our walk around the complex of caves and waterfalls with a brilliant view out across the country.
A couple of stops on the way home including the birth place of Alexander The Great and an abandoned train park, concluded our time in Thessaloniki and we headed out to the Sithonia peninsula for the more traditional Greek holiday, luxury villa, turquoise seas and our own boat to explore the surrounding islands.
Thankfully in Greece, having a boat license isn’t very important so what a perfect time to try our hand at being captains of a ship for the first time. Calling it a ship might be a slight exaggeration as it was only really big enough for the 3 of us, but it definitely had a bit of oomph to it on full throttle.
Definitely the highlight of our trip and the weather was back to what you would expect in Greek summertime, we spent our day hopping between the islands, dropping anchor at all the tiny coves and beaches along the way and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Paradise!
See all my photos from our trip below