Well, I am back from my Disney vacation and I will write more about that later, but let me tell you…I thought the Mediterranean in July was hot, it was NOTHING compared to Orlando in September! But! That’s a story for another day. Onward and upward (or not) to Thessaloniki, Greece.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. Having just come from the largest city (Athens) I can tell you that it may indeed be the 2nd largest, but it is as different from Athens as night to day.
I had not planned anything in this port, and hindsight 20/20 I should have. There are many cool things to see, just not super close to the port.
Here is the Rhapsody docked at the port. All those buildings on the dock area are shipping and industrial. No shopping or eating. I needed to find a pharmacy, which shouldn’t have been too difficult. In Europe all of the pharmacies have big green plus signs out front so we walked along this front street for a while. We could see the famous White Tower of Thessaloniki in the distance, but it was certainly not a walkable distance for us (maybe for me, but my family often accuses me of trying to walk them to death!).
Along the way, there were some cafes, most with outdoor seating which already had plenty of locals sitting with their coffee. Also along the way, we were accosted by a man trying to get us to buy his bracelets by striking up a conversation with my son, then just putting the bracelet on his wrist. This was the only time we encountered something like this on this trip. I am used to it in the Caribbean, and in fact this man was Jamaican, but I had not come across it on this trip. However, just like in the Caribbean, a very firm “NO!” sent him on his way.
We passed some very pretty areas:
I loved this tree! We still had not found a pharmacy though. We finally cut through a square and low and behold we found what we were looking for…we also found that we had been passing the really cute shopping district nearly the whole time, we were just two blocks off it. Huh…see why I should have done more research? At any rate, after our quick stop, we decided to head back to the ship, but this time along the populated streets!
See?? Cute stuff. But, it was hot, really hot. And, as you may have guessed from my frantic search for a pharmacy, I was not feeling my best so back to the ship and its glorious air conditioning we went. Plus! We have Chef’s Table dinner tonight!!! My favorite! So I wanted to be well rested!
Here is a picture of the Port Authority building…pretty impressive but it could use some shops!!!
Back on board and looking forward to my favorite meal of the whole trip!! The Chef’s Table!
You may remember that I have done the Chef’s table before on other cruises and have LOVED it both times! I knew from past cruisers that the menu was the same as my meal aboard the Enchantment, but that one was super yummy so I was happy to have it again! Plus, the pairings were really good so I was not concerned at all…until I sat down and looked at the menu.
Yes, the menu was the same, but the wines were totally different. And not in a good way. I am all about trying new wines, in fact I have another blog I write that details my standard selection method of picking wine just by the cool looking label so I am all for trying new things. And I will agree that dry rosès are all the rage right now. But lets all agree that Berringer White Zinfandel is not one of these, can we? Please?
What was fantastic about this particular Chef’s Table was the company. Some times you get a good crowd and some times you do not. We dined with a family from Texas that was absolutely spectacular and I am so happy we got to meet them. The food was still great, the Braised Short Rib Ravioli is still one of the best things I have ever eaten. I will continue to attend Chef’s Table on every cruise I go on, hopefully these wines were a one off!
Up next? Kusadasi, Turkey. Another surprising port…in more ways than one!