Monthly Archives: October 2015

Grecian Gropes and Macedonian Meanders-Part 5

We left the once malarial infested Struma Valley and took the long road west to Lake Doiran and Macedonia.  100 years ago this part of present day Macedonia was in Serbia and we crossed the Greek border at6.00pm to find it was only 5.00pm.  Although Doiran is on the same longitude as Thessaloniki, Macedonia has to be different from Greece… (more…)

Grecian Gropes And Macedonian Meanders-Part 4

After leaving Lembet Road Cemetery we returned for our last night in Thessaloniki and enjoyed a fantastic meal of many courses of meze preceded by the traditional glass of Raki. a liqueur taken as an aperitif.  I was beginning to like this idea by the time our week’s stay was over, made from grape skins, it contains quite a kick. … (more…)

Grecian Gropes And Macedonian Meanders-Part 3

The native staff on our tour bus were an interesting mix.  One Greek with a Macedonian mother and two pure bred Macedonians.  The Greeks look down on the Macedonians as being people without a country, virtual refugees and it is the Greek veto stopping Macedonia getting in Europe.  The Macedonians, a proud people consider the Greeks to be lazy bastards… (more…)

Grecian Gropes And Macedonian Meanders-Part 2

After two hours of being bored by foreign speeches and absurd ceremony whilst having the cobwebs blown from us and being washed with rain, the party ended, the uniforms were saluted, the Greek Army marched away with their band and we made our way to the bus.  We had a date at the Greek Army Officers Club for lunch in… (more…)