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Walking in the Footsteps of Apostle Paul in Greece

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

The final stop on our ultimate week in Greece was Thessaloniki and Philippi. We wanted to see the ancient city of Philippi where Apostle Paul started the first Christian church in Europe.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

Our first stop was ancient Philippi.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

It is a large site, consisting of a theatre, forum, two basilicas, and more.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

One of the basilicas was the first church in Philippi, a small prayer house started by Paul.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

Ruins at Philippi.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

Our second stop was the baptistery of Lydia, where the first woman in Europe was baptized as a Christian.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

Lydia was Paul’s first convert to Christianity in Philippi.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

In honor of Lydia an impressive octagonal baptistery, decorated with mosaics and stained glass has been erected.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

We ended the day with an afternoon exploring the nearby city of Kavala.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

The church of St. Nicholas in Kavala is said to be where Paul landed in Europe for the first time before heading to Philippi. There is a monument honoring that moment here.

 

Where to Stay in Thessaloniki

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

We absolutely loved our hotel in Thessaloniki.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

We stayed at the a.d. Imperial Palace Hotel, a 4-star boutique hotel located in the center of Thessaloniki. It was walking distance to everything.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

How absolutely gorgeous is this room??

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

Much to our delight, we were given the Aphrodite Suite.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

Very romantic ;)

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

We were greeted with traditional Greek sweets and cakes.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

This was the incredible view from our balcony!

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

That night we walked down the promenade along the water for sunset.

Walking in the footsteps of Apostle Paul in Thessaloniki and Phillipi, Greece.

The next day we had about 2 hours in the morning before we had to leave for the airport. I left the hotel and just started wandering — no real agenda or map, just getting lost in the streets of Thessaloniki. I stumbled upon an outdoor market with fresh olives, spices, fabrics, meats, fruits, vegetables, and more. Everyone was saying, Kalimera! Kalimera! (Good morning)  back and forth. I felt like I was in the the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast when Belle sings Bonjour!

On the way back home I see a shop called the Pink Monkey Pleasure Store. Well that obviously got my attention. I tentatively looked inside and saw that it was a restaurant. Well of course I had to go in. They were making giant, fluffy stacks of over-the-top, American-style pancakes. I had been stuffing myself for 2 weeks on incredible Greek food and could not possibly eat another bite, but how can you turn down Nutella Oreo pancakes that are literally drowning in Nutella??! You can’t. You just have to go with it.

Such a fun last meal in Greece!!

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Thanks so much for reading! Until next time!! xoxo