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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…)

Grecian Gropes and Macedonian Meanders- Part 1

It was the 25th September 2015 and I was on another trip following in the footsteps again of the 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers.  Fresh from their annihilation in Gallipoli in August 1915, they were sent to Lemnos, a Greek island in the Aegean, built up to full strength with willing enlistees and sent into another campaign in October 1915.  This… (more…)