Meet a Local – Harry Giannakis

The local we are meeting today is Harry Giannakis a resident of Kastoria, a global citizen, and most of all a Thessaloniki lover.  He is a Co-Owner of ”Giannnaki Furs of  Kastoria” and you can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

How much of a local are you ?

I was born in Thessaloniki, raised in Kastoria and then lived for 4 years in Thessaloniki as a student in ACT. I currently live mostly in Kastoria except from the periods I travel abroad for work, but I always consider Thessaloniki as my  city!

Name the three things you love about this city.

1. The sea view while enjoying a coffee or lunch at the sea side cafes/restaurants at  Nikis Av.
2. That in every corner you come across with the rich history of the city, roman,byzantine, ottoman.
2. The people

Name the three things you hate about this city.

1. The metro construction work and the chaos it results.
2. The lack of parking spaces.
3. The awfull  smell in the harbour!

Give us your top things for a visitor to do in Thessaloniki

harry g1. Visit The White Tower.
2. Window shopping in Tsimiski , Ag. Sophia and Mitropoleos St.
3. Enjoy eating a fresh koulouri from the street karotsi  in Tsimiski St. or a tsoureki from Terkenlis stuffed with hazelnut cream in  a Saturday morning while seating on a bench in Aristotelous Sq. .
4. Enjoying lunch or dinner with a view at Kitchen Bar, or Agioli.
5. Thessaloniki by night in the numerous bars by Nikis Av.

Where do we find you right now ?

In Kastoria, inspecting the new Winter 2013/14 Giannaki Furs  Collection just before it hits the shops.

Where would you rather be and do ?

Lay down under the sun in a tropical  beach Goa is fine:-)

 

Thank you Harris ! We wish you go soon to the tropical Goa beach where Furs are not needed ! !

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Meet A Local – Elisavet P.

The local we are meeting today is Elisavet P. a former account assistant and now a blogger.

You can check out her blog, and follow her on twitter !

Let’s see what she has to suggest !

How much of a local are you ?

I was born , raised and live here. Truly , I couldn’t be more local !

Name the three things you love about this city.

1. The fact that in a million people you often see familiar faces at the city center.

2. The clear, colourful sky, after a windy day.

3. The city’s “taste” history and present.

Name the three things you hate about this city.

1. The traffic, due to construction works

2. Pollution, pollution, pollution!

3. That sometimes I thing we deserve the ironic title “frapedoupoli” (city of the people who drink cold, instant coffee)

Give us your top things for a visitor to do in Thessaloniki

IMG_20131018_2018111. Stroll by the seafront

2. Dring  “ouzo” with “meze” inside Modiano market.

3. Have a coffee at the area of Ano Poli near the old Byzantine walls.

4. Visit the White Tower. All there is about Thessaloniki’s  long history you will find it there.

5. For sports funs: attend a football match at P.A.O.K ‘s “Toumba Stadium”. The atmosphere is great! Of course, I am a fan so…

Where do we find you right now ?  Where would you rather be and do ?

Still here in Thessaloniki.

Nowhere else I’d rather be provided I find a job. If that doesn’t happen, who knows?

Meet A Local – Christina Dimitriadou

Local ChristinaStarting today, LoveThessaloniki.com will introduce you to some local people of the city, who will share with you their most as well as their least favourite things about Thessaloniki, and give you their personal suggestions of things to see and do while you are in town.

Meet a local presents to you our first guest, Christina Dimitriadou.  Christina works in Trade and Public Relations, she was born and raised in Thessaloniki, but lives in Athens for the last 6 years.

How much of a local are you ?

Quite a lot. It depends on the mood.

Do you currently live in Thessaloniki ?

I live mostly in Athens,  I ‘ve been gone for almost 6 years, but I try to spend as much time as I can between the two cities.

Name the three things you love about this city.

1.Walking by the seafront.

2. The people.

3. The city’s downtown centre.

Name the three things you hate about this city.

1.  The fact that the city’s downtown draws all the attention in terms of renovated streets, sidewalks etc, and all the remaining neighborhoods remain the same, with an evident decay.

2. The subway works in progress.

3. Egnatia street in general.

Give us your top things for a visitor to do in Thessaloniki

1. Walk by the seafront, visit the white tower, have coffee in Café Nikis 35 and lunch at Kitchen bar, all in once.

2. Go to Chalkidiki which is so close by.

3. Visit the ancient market, and have a stroll in the local area.

4. Have a sunset drink at the rooftop of Electra Palace Hotel in Aristotelous square.

5. Visit Vergina, which is also close by.

6. Visit Gerovasiliou winery for wine tasting which is located outside Thessaloniki, in Epanomi.

Where do we find you right now ?

In Thessaloniki.

What are you doing ?

Working long hours in two jobs for the next two months.

Where would you rather be and do ?

New York City. I missed the big apple’s vibe.  Its been ages !

Thank you Christina ! We were hoping to get your favourite Thessaloniki city spot in the last question but obviously you are in a travel mood !