Flying into Rhodes (Rodos) from Athens was spectacular because you could see Turkey as well. Two continents in one glance –Europe and Asia. We rented a car and drove to Pefkos which was 45 minutes away. This gave us an opportunity to observe the terrain of Rhodes. We were so surprised at the greenery of this island! It resembled Colorado with its pine trees everywhere! I remember thinking I smelled eucalyptus trees, even.
I seem to remember reading somewhere about this “island of Helios (sun)” because it gets 300+ days of bright sunshine a year. Our rented villa’s garden was full of fruit trees which excited our 6 year old so much. He checked to see if the figs were ready. He’s learned this skill from his papou (grandpa).
We relaxed on our villa balcony while the boys played ball in the garden. A billy goat from the adjacent property came right up to our fence. How perfect! We found a Panorama Cafe which remains one of the best views of Greece I’ve ever seen. The royal blue water turns purple out in the horizon. Rhodos takes my breath away like so many places in Greece. I know it’s the top three of islands for me. Our youngest son found lizards everywhere we went—this was his mission on the trip. While we absorbed other cultural highlights, our youngest remained focused on the flora and fauna of this geological wonder called Greece.
We bought local honey —native Rodos honey–which is inexplicably delicious due to the unique cultivation of the area and the herbs that the bees pollinate from. A dollop of this clover honey became part of our breakfast ritual—in tea, on biscuits, etc. and of course, we brought some home as gifts. Rhodes has a uniqueness to it because of it’s Medieval influences. We walked through Medieval town–cobblestone paths–and past where the Colossus of Rhodes stood in the harbor. Although it’s not there anymore, to envision where this statue (one of the 7 wonders of the world) stood, was a moment!
http://www.unmuseum.org/mob/colrhode.htm Our daily walks included a stroll to the zaharoplasteion (a bakery of artisan sweets), a purchase of tiropita (cheese pie) and spanakopita (spinach-cheese pie). One day, the boys all went to the beach in the late afternoon while I stayed at the villa. Our rented villa in Pefkos; Milos Villas.I wrote in my journal, tidied up the villa, walked through the garden and enjoyed the sea breezes, ocean view, safety, tranquility, and privacy of this existence. I listened to the crickets and the parties in the distance as well as the occasional odd bird or animal sound. Our favorite memory of Rhodes was riding the donkeys up through the village of Lindos. Looking into the shops and villas gave us an idea of the town combined with a recreational activity! I gasped as I peered into each shop or home. Rhodes was utterly beautiful and delightful. One of the best islands ever!
Restaurant suggestion: Nikolas’s Taverna in Pefkos