I was surprised that the oldest district of Thessaloniki was the upper quarter. As the city has been a port for more than 3000 years, I imagined that people would rather live around it, rather than on the hill overlooking the city. This neighborhood was forgotten with time and the fashion of the great functionalist buildings that were built in the 50s after the war, but now these beautiful houses are mostly restored by those who have left the city centre for a quieter life and especially a nicer house. I loved these houses, painted in bright colors, standing for centuries. The pedestrian area is high up but there are not many cars as the streets are very narrow.
Just 5 miles from the coast and its sister Nea Vrasná, is this small but charming village. Located in the mountains, it retains all the purity and character of a traditional village that has retained its customs and ambience. It has a charming square and the remains of a Byzantine tower. Here we celebrate the festival of August 15. Vespers, the square, became a popular music scene, where people ate, drank and danced. For the day of the Assumption of the Virgin, there was a procession, which almost all of the villagers followed. It is one of those places that you happen upon by chance but you always remember.