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Eleni

Thessaloniki, Kato Toumba, Greece

Γειά σας! ("Hello" in Greek) I am Eleni, I am Greek, born and bred in Thessaloniki!

I just can't imagine me living anywhere else! My city has a powerful magnet that I am sure it will attract you as well! It inspired poets and composers that wrote poems and songs for her, (yes, its "her", a woman, as Greeks say, I will explain everything in person!). Moreover, its a town where East meets West, it's the city that Kemal Attatourk was born, where Apostole Paul preached and sent his first and second letters to the Thessalonians and where the Jews went after being expeled from Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain in 1492. A city where you meet history in every corner, a city famous for its magnificent food and exceptional sweets as well as for the relaxing walks by the sea. Come to see with your own eyes that despite the financial crisis Southern Greeks didn't lost their "kefi", enthousiasm and love for life!
According to National Geographic magazine, the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki is among the top international destinations that travellers should visit in 2013. The famous travel magazine is about to release its annual travel guide for the year 2013, including Thessaloniki in the 'Do Not Miss' destinations. In 2011, the annual publication of «Louis Vuitton City Guide - European Cities», included Thessaloniki in the "unexpected cities" because of the wine and culinary experience it offers. That same year, the newspaper «New York Times» included Thessaloniki " in the top 41 destinations to be visited in 2011". At the same time, the Australian newspaper «Sun Herald», added Thessaloniki at the proposed European travel destinations.
Some more things about me: I work in a Day Center for elderly people with memory problems. Last year I designed a non-pharmacological intervention for elderly people with mild to moderate depression to visit the sightseeings of our town (for a period of 4 months). It had really good results and I had really enjoyed it so much that I decided to work as a guide as well! I hope to cheer you up too! I provide tours in English (and Greek of course)! I don't like boring monologues so I encourage you to ask me whatever you want to and tell me where to focus to meet your interests.
As a person I am optimistic, patient and enthousiastic! I love travelling and communicating with people from all different cultures! In my free time I love to go out with my friends in tavernas and cafes, to sing, to dance, to climb on mountains, to swim, to read literature and to do window-shopping! So, take advantage of my enthousiasm and passion for what I do and let me take you out there and show you my city, it's history, legends, the life of the average people, everything through the eyes of a local! I guarantee that you will love it!

A Recent Review of this guide

Eleni is an exceptional guide. She picked us up at the Airbnb, exactly on time, and we spent a delightful morning experiencing much of the historical sites in Thessaleniki. One of us is an avid photographer and Eleni was very patient as we delayed in several locations because of the opportunities to take pictures. ElFive stars may not have been enough! Eleni was very knowledgeable, we learned a lot. Wish we had another day, we would be happy to explore more of the surrounding areas with her. Thank you!
Linda Foster

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Credentials

I have a driving license and I own a small car so we can use it to go whenever we want to (up to 4 adults!)
I have a degree in psychology and a diploma in psychodrama, psychotherapy
From September 2014 I am a part-time student of the Greek Open University, studying "Greek Civilization"!

Restrictions

Please be aware that only licenced guides can do tours inside museums so we can visit these places together but I have to make my comments before we enter.

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