CENTRAL GREECE GODS, PHILOSOPHERS, MYTHS, warriors, kingdoms, ancient cities, history, history, history, monks on mountain tops, mainland Greece has stories to tell. Thessaloniki's markets were full of fresh produce.Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki has some jaw-droppers, like this gold jug from Macedonia.On the city's esplanade, The White Tower was used for executions in the Ottoman era.Parking space is a premium.More treasures from Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. They don't look happy.A man samples olives in the market. Or just gets a free lunch.Feta in the markets.A view from the cities ancient walls.A church service. Lots of smoke an chanting and some singing.On the slope of Mount Parnassus, Delphi has been a site of human settlement for about 3000 years.Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi, where every four years, starting in 586 BC Greek athletes competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four Panhellenic Games.Delphi's Hippodrome, home of chariot races.The mountains around ancient Delphi and modern Kastri.Delphi's 4th century BC theatre had some pretty cool views, and seating for 4500.Mountains in the background of a church roof, Meteora.High on dramatic mountain tops, Meteora's monastries were a place for isolated meditation by its monks. Some never left.Near the town of Kalambaka, in mainland Greece, mountain top monastries date back up to 700 years.In the good old days, there were no stairs, and monks used ropes and pulleys to get themselves and goods up.I guess if you want to be left alone to meditate, this would be the place.The Monastry of Varlaam, 1542, is the second largest of the 24 monastries.Dating from the 14th century the Monastry Of Great Meteoron is the largest.The monks also found time to make wine.