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Thessaloniki to Istanbul – The Friendship Express

Greece / Istanbul / Thessaloniki / Turkey | January 22, 2010

Following on from my late running journey to Thessaloniki, I was left with just 3 hours until my next train left for Istanbul at 19:00. I was due to travel on the “Filia-Dostluk Express” to Istanbul, the name meaning Friendship in both, Greek and Turkish, languages. Whilst I hoped the name indicated a friendly on board service I wondered if it had a more political meaning considering the past tensions between the countries.

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Belgrade to Thessaloniki by Train

Balkans / Belgrade / Greece / Macedonia / Serbia / Thessaloniki | January 11, 2010

After spending a day exploring Belgrade (I recommend a trip to the fort that stands guard over the city, for views across the Danube & Sava Rivers and the plains beyond) it was time to attempt the Belgrade to Istanbul journey by train. After doing my research I decided upon the slightly unusual and not generally recommended route via Thessaloniki. Why was this route not recommended? I was ready to find out.

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