Monday, September 29, 2014

On the Waterfront and a stroll in the Square

On a beautiful late Summer's day made our way back into Thessaloniki, our first stop was the bustling area of Aristotelous square with its impressive buildings,  various street vendors and locals feeding the carefree pigeons.


 We then made our way down to the old shipping terminal that now houses cafes, museums and art galleries.

We then walked along the busy seafront and boarded one of the pleasure boats that takes visitors out into the harbour. We then watched the local kids put on an energetic Karate display.

All to quickly it was time to pack up and head home to Cyprus after a wonderful visit to the city of Thessaloniki.

A Storm blew in

Last night a storm blew into the Perea area with quite heavy rain and winds, this morning it is still quite breezy but we wrapped up well and took a long walk along the sea front to the fishing shelter.

The City of Thessolaniki

We took the local bus from Perea into the City, our first stop was the impressive water front that that overlooks the Thermaic Gulf. The waterfront has a number of statues both classical and modern.

 The largest statue is that of Alexander the Great on his trusty steed, Bucephalus. 

The next stop was the famous White tower which an iconic monument of the city. The White tower is was a former prison and place of execution.

We the hopped aboard the "History of Thessaloniki"  bus that gives you a snapshot of the historical monuments which have created the City's history.We hopped off the bus at Ano Poli (Upper town) and explored the Byzantine fortification walls which were constructed in the 4th century. 

 We then had lunch at a small taverna where a cheerful cook grilled lamb and chicken in front of us as we enjoyed a well earned beer.

One thing that really strikes you in the city is the amount of graffiti that is sprayed on virtual any surface available.

A Trip to Thessaloniki

We decided to take a short break to the Greek city of Thessaloniki, the flight from Cyprus took 1hr 40mins. Our base for our visit was The Avra hotel which is situated in the coastal town of Perea.

 The area had been hit by a storm two days before we arrived and the shoreline was covered in debris. 

We took a stroll along the seafront stopping off for the occasional drink.We ended up at "The Myth"  restaurant where we received a warm welcome, we enjoyed a meal of hake and finished off sharing a drink of raki flavoured with honey and cinnamon.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Jersey Boys in Pissouri

The  musical show, The "New" Jersey Boys came to Pissouri. In front of a near packed house, the Jersey Boys kept the crowd on their feet with a great show.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The church of ST. ANDREAS on the occasion of its forthcoming Birthday

This coming weekend Pissouri celebrate the birthday of St Andrea and the village church who is named after the Saint.

The Church of Apostle Andrea was built with voluntary work by the good-willing residents of the community in 1883. Work on the construction of the Church lasted around twelve years.

The stone is built originates from areas of villages Anogyra and Prastio and were in the village with carriages that dragged Cypriot donkeys.
The Church is built in Gothic Shape.

The space is built was used as the village's cemetery until 1912.
The Church is famous for its carved wooden iconostasis, which is a true work of art and was constructed in 1890. The construction period of the last 10 years because of the instruments of that era.

The first Church Bell, weighing 100 kilos, was renowned and when it struck the sound could be heard at a distance of 15 km.
The Church has a very nice and ancient icon of the Virgin Mary that is 200 years old. All the pictures that adorn the famous iconostasis, are more than 120 years old.

A virtual tour of the Church...Click here

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 th Anniversary and Jimani at the 1911

This weekend we celebrated our 10th Wedding anniversary. We were married overlooking the sea in Hawaii on the 13th September 2004.

On Friday evening we made our way down to the 1911 club to see two local musicians known as "Jimani ".  The 2 guys kept a good crowd entertained for a couple of hours.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pissouri Septemberfest and the Brightest Moon

On Wednesday evening we had the brightest moon of the year and it lit up Pissouri Bay, the photograph below was taken at 9.00 at night.

Forthcoming event in the Village of Pissouri......

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Bryan's Birthday Lunch

To Celebrate Bryan's Birthday we made our way up to the Village of Nata which lies North East of Paphos. Once again The Periklis Tavern did us proud with a superb variety of food.......and a few cold drinks.