At this time of year Thessaloniki has few tourists.
On a Friday or Saturday night there is a vibrant bar & restaurant scene as the locals , well wrapped up, parade along the seafront.
Inventive xmas lights add to the scene.
The fashion features are large sunglasses, cigarettes, porcelain skin & the look of Vera Farmiga (The Departed)
Your correspondents food & drink of choice was kebabs, ouzo, bread sticks & baklava.
starbucks count - 4
As for the football this comprised seeing three games in three stadiums a few kilometres apart.
No doubt this atmosphere goes a long way towards maintaining their fearsome home record.
The draw means that one or other will probably miss out on going through to the next phase.
PAOK 2 Veria 0
a regulation win for PAOK in the Super League with South African Glen Salmon leading the way with an excellent traditional centre forwards performance - winning most headers , showing good control & getting a goal.
Again the counter chanting is impressive - even the main stand joining in.
For a bigger game I'm sure the home support (and surroundings) would be very intimidating.
Iraklis 0 Panathinaikos 1
The big team from Athens bring around 300 supporters located behind one goal opposite which are the 'blue boys' of Iraklis.Panathinaikos score fairly early & perhaps predictably tend to control the game apart from some Iraklis flourishes . Some offside decisions upset the locals but in the end they have to accept the defeat.