July 5- Meteora and Thessaloniki

It was a steep bus ride up into the mountains of Meteora this morning. The views were amazing! These cliffs were made famous in a James Bond movie years ago. 
We came to the top to visit two monasteries, one for women and one for men. The Greek Orthodox sanctuaries with huge collections of icons were awe inspiring. In the town below we visited an icon workshop learning how they are made. Of course we also did some buying! After lunch we said goodbye to the tour group and went with a driver north to Thessaloniki. 

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece with two universities that enroll 60,000 students. It is located at the top of the Aegean Sea. Two thousand years ago it was called Thessalonica and was a city where Paul started a Christian church. There is very little left here from that era but we saw a plaza where a riot broke out because of Paul’s preaching that Jesus is Lord. 

There weren’t many ruins to look at but the real evidence of Paul’s presence is in the churches (we visited three) and in the lives of Christians today. The Holy Spirit is still at work today. 

Tomorrow we will visit Philippi. The Bible is coming to life!