Sunday was the first rest day of Thessaloniki Grand Prix. Some of the players used the opportunity to hop on the open desk bus and go on sightseeing tour.
The tournament continues tomorrow at 14:00 local time. After the 4th round seven players share the lead: Dominguez Perez Leinier, Kamsky Gata, Kasimdzhanov Rustam, Grischuk Alexander, Topalov Veselin, Caruana Fabiano and Morozevich Alexander.
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Check also the photos by Anastasya Karlovich
Open deck bus waiting in front of Makedonia Palace to take the guests to sightseeing tour
Alexander Morozevich and FIDE Press Officer Anastasya Karlovich
After passing by the Archeological Museum, the first stop is the Church of Agios Dimitrios
The first church on the spot was constructed in the early 4th century AD, replacing a Roman bath. Underneath the Church of St Demetrios is the place where St Demetrios, Thessaloniki’s patron saint, was martyred in 303 AD.
Group of tourists at the Byzantine Castles, among them familiar faces
Leinier, Anastasya and Alex getting ready to take photos
Time to press the button
Byzantine Castles are at the highest point of Thessaloniki, with the breathtaking view on the city
View on the city center
Coffee break at the cafe next to Byzantine Castles
Back on the bus, Leinier Dominguez and his father
Driving on the waterfront Nikis Avenue on the Old Beach (Palia Paralia), from the main port to the famous White Tower
Aristotelous Square is the main city square of Thessaloniki
White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront, symbol of the city
Feruza, Alex, Theodoros and Etienne
The City Hall is in the street that connects White Tower and Makedonia Palace
Sunday is good day to go sailing. The Sailing Club is near the hotel, on the new Beach (Nea Paralia).
Olympus mountain is on the other side of the bay, from here seen as a shade on the horizon
Tourist ferry passing by Makedonia Palace