On Monday morning, I took Pres. Makrina and Symeon to St. Sava's, a small dependency of Hilandar in Thessaloniki, to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos [OS]. Hieromonk Justin of Hilandar celebrated the Liturgy, which Symeon (see above) seemed to enjoy. This photo was taken at the end of the Liturgy, and his mouth is full of antidoron.
After the Liturgy, we went with my Serbian friend Milenko and Fr. Justin to have a coffee at the waterfront, next to Thessaloniki's landmark White Tower. Afterward, we went for a walk along the waterfront. Above, you can (barely) see Pres. Makrina and Symeon walking toward the White Tower from the left.
Here you can see Pres. Makrina and Symeon walking along the waterfront of downtown Thessaloniki.
Here they are with my friend Milenko, a Bosnian Serb from a town near Banja Luka who is here studying economics at the University of Macedonia.
More photos along the water.
We had a crepe, explored the open air market, venerated the relics of St. David of Thessaloniki and St. Theodora of Thessaloniki at the Monastery of St. Theodora, and stopped in the old Turkish bath of Bey Hamam (see above), before heading back home to help Pres. Pelagia and Grandma Joyce with the babies. (And, yes, there will be baby photos coming soon!)
For a few more photos from our morning, click here.