Rhodos – hot and beautiful

We’re having a grand time on our family holiday! It’s evening as I start typing this post on the large balcony of our hotel room. My view as I type is this (click to enlarge) and on the right you see me in a corner of the balcony at my laptop (picture taken a few days ago)…

Not such a bad place to be blogging! It’s been very hot here (not surprisingly), but with daily dips into the pool or into the sea, it has been very doable! We also go sightseeing, but find shadow spots, drink lots of water and just take it easy.

So far, we’ve been to Filerimos monastery (not inside but on the grounds), which is in the nearby hills and gives beautiful views of the stunning surroundings…

We stopped in the village of Archangelos to take a look at the church there…

We’ve been to Rhodos city…

My daughter made a clear statement at one point of what she thought of me taking pictures of her, but couldn’t resist petting a street cat that came to claim her attention and she did want a picture of that…

Speaking of street cats, there are so many here on Rhodos. I’m a cat lover and it’s not always easy to see the miserable ones but we have also seen cats (like the one my daughter petted) that seem quite alright. Here are some of the cats I’ve taken pictures of in several places on Rhodos…

Mr Esther and I have also felt brave, leaving our kids alone at the hotel for a few hours, at the pool…

… while he and I drove to the village of Psynthos…

We had a lovely lunch at a local restaurant (had the best dolmades I have ever tasted in my life there!) and watched the world go by for, oh, I think two hours!

It’s amazing how much can be observed in such a small village over that amount of time! The street cats know exactly where to go to get some food. The red cat stopped by each restaurant on the square and was rewarded at least once, two other cats were rewarded by our neighbours at the table next to us (by the time they came near us, we had finished eating)…

Two boys were having a hell of a lot of fun on a bike…

Deliveries were made, like from this truck that drove through the village with watermelons…

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At one point a car parked in front of a neighbouring restaurant, a monk stepped out, walked to the restaurant, talked with the people there, and one of them came to the parked car, opened the boot and started unloading sacks of (I think) potatoes. The monk then proceeded to help set the table at the restaurant for what I presume was the family who owned the place…

There was a group of young men at the restaurant opposite ours who sat there at least as long as we had been sitting at our spot, chatting and playing cards…

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… and a little old lady who’d been walking around took some rest in the shade under one of the very old olive trees…

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I love people watching!

We also visited the very beautiful (but touristy) town of Lindos…

… and went for a 90 minute ‘cruise’ in a glass bottom boat…

That day was Mr Esther’s and my 19th (!!!! Where has the time gone?) wedding anniversary (and 26,5 years together). The mini cruise took us right by the rocks that were featured in the Gregory Peck movie The Guns of Navarone; these are the rocks where the team had to climb up at the beginning of the movie and the kids took a picture of us there…

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We later climbed up to the Lindos Acropolis, which the captain said was older than the Athens Acropolis. Not so much of the original build has been preserved but some of it has been restored. It was very beautiful there, with beautiful views over the Mediterranean…

We also visited an Ostrich farm, which served Ostrich omelet and Ostrich burgers!

My daughter was invited to stand on Ostrich eggs, which are apparently so strong they can take up to 150 kg of weight (I didn’t dare test that theory myself)…

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And at the farm, my son was the goat-whisperer. I swear, every goat he petted loved it and leaned into his touch…

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We’ve been here for over a week, have swum either in the pool or in the sea pretty much every day, and we’ve already seen quite a lot. It’s a whole different world from where we live, it’s pretty and fascinating and there will be more to come! We have another week and a half to go. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Rhodos – hot and beautiful

  1. Wish there were a “love” button!

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  2. I’m jealous!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. So glad you’re experiencing Greece – makes me excited for my next trip!!

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  4. awwww, those skies and the water and the stone.. and that salad.. i nearly licked the screen! 🙂 lovely, lovely holiday! 🙂

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  5. The blues in your pictures are so vivid! Just saw Mamma Mia 2… reminds me of that.

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  6. […] past summer I was on the Greek island of Rhodos, it was beautiful there (I wrote about it here, here and here)! It was also the location where a lot of the movie The Guns of Navarone was […]

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  7. That Acropolis looks amazing! I was a glass bottom boat in Copenhagen a few years ago! Wonderful experience!! Definitely makes me feel travel envy here but you all looked like you were having a blast!! Nice family bonding time!!!

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  8. Our last family bonding was to England in 1983 before we moved to Texas for my dad’s final Army assignment, We stayed in London and just travelled by rail everywhere even up to Scotland and to Wales for 14 days. We loved it… your children will appreciate it even more down the road when they hear other kids say they’ve never gone anywhere with their parents. Then you feel lucky and appreciate all that your parents provide and can do for you. My nieces hopefully will learn that down the road…

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