This weeks “HUMP DAY” photograph of the week was taken while ‘wandering’ around the ancient stone structures in Thessaloniki Greece.  

High above the city you will find the old city, its ancient walls, and the acropolis.  This location offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city below and the waterfront.  It’s definitely an ideal site to capture some great photographs; even some that may be out of the ordinary.

Near the White Tower, which is located at the waterfront, you will find a tour bus stand where you can buy a one day bus pass.  The tour buses will take you to select sites of interest and you can get on and off the bus at each one as you please.  Just make sure you don’t lose your ticket which will be stapled to a tour guide map they hand you.  The old city and acropolis are one of the buses stops.

The ride up to the acropolis and the old city is an adventure in itself .  The tour bus makes its way up  narrow, winding roads which twist and turn up the hill to the old city.  It was bad enough driving a car on these roads let alone a bus.  I would have an ulcer if I had to drive those roads day in and day out, so I give those bus drivers kudos for doing that job.

While waiting for the bus to go back down into the city, an entourage of wedding cars came by and stopped shortly after they passed by me.  Out of the decorated vehicle emerged a raven-haired bride wearing a beautiful white wedding gown.  Of course my always ‘active mind’ reminded me of a certain movie about a Greek bride and here one appears before my eyes looking so radiant in the warm Grecian sunshine.

When she exited the vehicle she was escorted up the worn stone steps to an open archway and disappeared from my view.  I thought this would make a great photograph; her in this gleaming white gown that made her stand out in stark contrast to the ancient stone walls of the old city.  I thought how do I capture a photograph of her without being intrusive and disturbing her and her entourage.

She had come for her pre-ceremony photographs and video and I didn’t want to disturb her special moment.  So, I just casually walked up the street to see if I could catch a glimpse of her. There she was, partially hidden behind the arch and looking so stunning against the rough stone backdrop.    I unfortunately didn’t have a zoom lens, so with a few camera adjustments and a little photo touch up afterwards, this is the image I was able to capture.

As I look at this photograph now, I wonder what was going through her mind at this time.  To me she looks happy, but pensive at the same time.  Is she getting nervous? Is she marrying the right guy? Maybe she was just trying to look elegant.  Obviously I don’t know, but what I do know is she had to hot as hell because I was and I was wearing shorts.  :-)

I hope you enjoyed this weeks “HUMP DAY” PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WEEK!  Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and please feel free to leave a comment.  It’s nice to hear what people have to say.  :-)

About VacationWanderer

I have 'wandered' pretty much around the world but still have a lot to see and experience. My favorite things to do in life are travel, photography, and learning new languages or foreign language phrases to use along the way. "Hello", "Thank You", and "Please" in any language will open many doors for you. :-) I love to share my travel experiences with people and hope to inspire those who are still just thinking about it.


  1. Lovely and unique photo.
    I like that you provided the background/story of the photo.
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    • Glad you like it Gina. :-) It was a unique moment that I really wanted to capture in that setting.
      She added a totally unique element after having photographed the wall and acropolis as they stand. Then adding the
      background story to it I felt was fitting. I sometimes wonder wonder what a photographer was doing just prior to
      getting a photo I really like. It’s a fun photograph for me.
      Thanks for commenting! I really appreciate it. :-)

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