Arrival in Thessaloniki
One of the best decisions we made planning this trip was to arrive in Thessaloniki two days ahead of the start of our pilgrimage. It gave us time to shake jet lag. It gave us extra time with our friends Bill, Susan, Bob, Beth and Judy. And it gave us time to explore Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. With 1.1 million inhabitants, it is the capital of the geographic region of Macedonia.
The city was founded in 315 BC, and was an important metropolis in the Roman period. Rule passed from the Byzantines to the Ottomans to the Turks, and it was home to a large Jewish population prior to World War II.
We enjoyed site-seeing, dining and the culture of this great city. It was worth the extended stay.