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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A couple of odd things we saw

Heading east once again, this time to get around Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city. Apparently it's worth a visit to the central part of the city, but as with Athens we have no ambition to do that at this time. In fact, the only reason we are this far north is to get around to Turkiye so that we can get to the southern coast of Turkiye as soon as reasonably possible.

But that's doesn't mean there aren't some things to see along the way.

The northern bypass around Thessaloniki isn't very attractive. Lots of industrial areas. 

Not the most scenic.

But there was one odd attraction we stopped to have a look at. 

The train cemetery. 

This is an old railway yard where hundreds of old rail cars are sitting abandoned and rusting away with trees growing in between the cars and nature slowly taking over the whole scene.

It took a bit of effort to find somewhere to park, but once we did we only had a five minute walk to get in. It's supposed to be all fenced off, but the fence is in about as good condition as the rail cars... which is poor, so it's easy to find a spot to get in.

Old rail cars.

There are about twenty railroad tracks side by side and maybe about one km long and all tracks are full of these old cars.

They are in pretty rough condition.

Some are just shells.

Some are not in bad shape.

Trees are now growing in between the cars.

Hundreds of them.

They're in rough shape.

And of course scavengers have ripped through them taking whatever is of value, like copper wire for example.

Kind of interesting, but only worth a half hour visit for us. We had read reports of people spending three hours wandering around. If you really like abandoned stuff, it's a different stop for sure.

But we had other places to go.

Well, at least they made an effort to pretty it up!

We ended up stopping at a neat geological park in a rural area. We had taken the free road the whole way, which was in overall good condition, except it wasn't that fun going around Thessaloniki. For future reference, I think we would pay the money and take the toll road next time through the northern part of the city. Once past that, the free road is fine.

We had read about the odd rock formations of Nymfopetres Park, and apparently it was also a suitable place to overnight, so that's where we stopped.

Random rocks sticking up out of the ground.

It's odd, because the rest of the landscape is relatively flat. There's just this one section where these limestone travertine rocks stick up out of the ground and they have made it into a park that is popular with wedding photography and school groups.

The rest of the surrounding area has no rocks.

It is definitely odd.

Max, parked at GPS 40.6924, 23.3084

As planned, we are passing through this area quickly. It's getting too cold! It was -5C (23F) when we woke up this morning! Our furnace works well, so we were not freezing inside. But that's not the point. This is too cold for our liking. We are meeting up with friends Steve and Glen who have finished their three months in Turkiye and are now headed to a house sit in France. Our paths are crossing, so will spend a couple of days together. Then, we will head into Turkiye.

Yesterday's drive 124 kms (77 miles).

Great deal on this Propane Patio Heater.

And in Canada...


  1. Story on US tv last night about the economic crisis in Turkey. I'm sure you're keeping tabs on it but thought I'd pass along fwiw.

    1. Yes, we are very aware of what has been going on in Türkiye and yes, for the Turkish people life is definitely more difficult but for tourists it just makes things cheaper. One of the things that article spoke about was to trying to raise tourism in their country and it seems to be working. We are now with friends who had just spent three months in Türkiye and had a fabulous time.

    2. I guess what I'd be worrying about is the escalation of perhaps desperation of the people there. With bread lines and people having trouble buying food because of the inflation, they might not be as friendly to tourists who are benefitting from the exchange rate.

    3. I think that the reporter makes it sound worse than what it is, we aren't sure though until we are personally there on the ground to see for ourselves. Our friends never felt like they encountered any desperation while they were there. Perhaps it is much worse in the big cities compared to the country where most of the people grow a lot of of their own food and have chickens and livestock. We don't intend to spend time in the cities and from what we remember and from hearing about our friend's experiences, is that the people there are very friendly despite what is happening to their economy.

  2. I would have been one of those 3 hour tour the trains people. I love trains. Travel safe.

  3. I am having a hard time getting used to the new spelling of Turkiye. Every time I see it in your posts, I do a double-take. I do love that rocky area; very pretty! And Max's spot all by himself is idyllic. I agree about the cold temps, though; I'd be heading outta there fast as well.

    1. Yes, it will take a while for people to get used Turkey being spelled in it's native form. A while ago we also found out that the Czech Rebublic officially changed it's name to Czechia.

      We loved seeing that Geological park, they had a nice pathway through the rocks with a couple of information boards the even had a sidewalk from the nearest village out to it. It was really odd to see these rocks in the middle of all these flat farm fields. Max enjoyed his nice quiet spot, too bad it got so cold over night though. It doesn't look like we are going to get much relief from the cold for the next little while, we may have to rent an Airbnb for a little while and then just do day trips in Max.

  4. I said it before, but I'm really enjoying Greece, second is Albania.

    1. We are glad that you are enjoying Greece, we have been too but we still like both Türkiye and Albania better and I think a lot of that has to do with the people themselves. Although all the Greek people we have met have been very nice we just feel that both the Turkish and Albanian people are so much more friendlier.


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