As part of our holiday to Halkidiki we spent a few days getting to know Thessaloniki a bit better than previous day-long visits allowed. What we discovered was a city oozing vibrance, youth and culture. As day gave way to evening it took the heat and frenzy with it, revealing streets with bohemian charm amongst architectural decay and graffiti. Like many Mediterranean cities, thousands of years of history remain above ground and in unlikely places. Similar to Rome, it is a photographic treasure trove which we intend to return to in the not so distant future.