Thessaloniki: a name that conjured up an exotic ancient place that was in my imagination for years. Thessaloniki is Greece’s second city with all its antiquity now a beating heart of culture, cuisine and heritage with the diversity of people that have come through millennia.
In mid-April, the first Swallows returned to our home. We were expecting them as in a good spring they arrive in the third week of April but when they swooped down and chattered at us it was so good and made my day.
Crete had ‘called’ to me yet again after my recent autumnal visit and when we arrived to spring sunshine and warmth, the blossom on trees and the calls of birdsong and the buzz of the bees it was a superb feeling.
We had returned for a leisurely holiday on Crete which we love and consider a favourite destination in Greece. From Crete it is very simple to visit Santorini by ferry and we embarked on this short visit in early October and were rewarded.
This years WTM was an incredilbe success with India as the official permier partner and 50,000 delegates negotiating 2.5 billion pounds in business deals. Reduced to 3 days it was slicker, more efficient and more productive than ever.