via the Swim Star 2000 SC, Belgrade
|The capital of Macedonia and second largest city of Greece.
It was first established in 316 B.C. by Kassandros and named after his wife,
Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great. It is here that Paul, the Apostle
of Nations, first brought the message of Christianity (50 A.D.) and that Demetrius,
a Roman officer died in martyrdom, thus becoming the holy patron of the city
for ever (303 A.D.). Thessaloniki becomes the second important city of the
Byzantine Empire, next to Konstantinople, ornamented with numerous majestic
and glamorous architectural works that display all forms of Byzantine art.
After this illustrious era, the enemies take over. But each time, after every
catastrophe, Thessaloniki reexalts her splendor, dressed in her eternal garment of
ancient and Byzantine glory.
Today Thessaloniki with its University and the International Trade
Fair - a crossroad for peoples' friendship and collaboration - is a lively
modern city bustling with life and movement. Large avenues, parks and squares,
lines of trees that frame commercial streets with showy shop-windows. Small
family run taverns and basement pastry shops offer a delicious variety of
famous Macedonian specialties, At every step you can hear the heart of
A heart that is immortal both in sorrow and in joy. A friendly
heart to all who intend to come to Greece.
HOTEL Vergina was our place for rest. Thanks to all hospital people who enabled
our staying to elapse quite comfortable.
IN THE POOL
|Alexandria Swimming Meeting
has its old tradition. This event has become one of the top popular events
in Europe last years. Every year the Meeting joins almost 300 athletes from
Greece and other countries mainly from the Balkan Region. Our competitor
Igor Rasula choose to swim in long distance races the men's 400 m free
and 1500 m free. So, irrespective the fact that he ranked 14th in the men's
400 m free Igor swum out his best time for the third time at the beginning
of this new swim season (4:55,04). More important is that it was his first
open competition where he succeeded to surmount a stress in the pool by the
junior and senior athletes. Special thanks for the invitation and support
to participate in this event we're sending to Mr. K. Donates, president and
Mr. M. Pathtarou Secretary General
of KOE Swimming District Committee
December 1-4, 2000