Just came back from the sunny Greek island that I previously mentioned, I had an amazing time and cannot wait to blog all about it!
Rhodes (Rodos) is an amazing island, very close to Turkey which explains the theme of its building and culture being somewhat different from previous island that I’ve visited. It’s full of history, having found that out in a museum I visited; rather truly amazing to see the changes of the island throughout different period! Any cultural lovers are highly recommended to visit.
So we spent every morning wandering around old town, it’s surprisingly big and can get easily lost if you don’t have a map (which we didn’t at the time but thankfully a kind local shopkeeper gave us a map of the old town). As some might already know, one of the sites worth to see is the Grand Master’s Palace, I will post some picture of its interior design in the upcoming post.
I found the locals are super welcoming, I visited this local cosmetic boutique as I wanted to buy some handmade soap. Yanni, the owner who kindly guided us to his favourite coffee shop in one of the small lanes of Rodos, there we had the BEST Freddo Cappuccino ever!
Ixia was the place where we stayed, I really liked the location as it is close to Rhodes Town (approx 8 euros by taxi and 2 euro by bus). This spot is also perfect for watersports as shown in the picture above, there were ALOT of windsurfers and during our second day, the waves were huge!! Oh, and of course, another amazing feature about Rhodes, Ixia?
THE PERFECT VIEW OF SUNSET
Magnificent isn’t it? I don’t think the pictures do the justice. My first sunset pictures, it was breathtaking! We actually ended our last day in Rhodes on the roof top of our hotel with Champagne, salmon pasta whilst over-watching the sunset, couldn’t ask for another perfect end to our holiday!
In between my tutorial preparation, I’ve been given myself some break to think about all the places I would like to go next summer. Somewhere historical with plenty sight seeing, lovely sunshine and beautiful beaches! I’ve never visited Spain before but the idea of many party towns is a little off putting for me because I’m not a big drinker. Having looked around, I decide to make Rhodes, Greece my next destination.
In my research of Rhodes, Lindos is the prettiest looking place but since it is so far away from the main attractions and the airport. I will be staying in the middle of Rhodes town where there is a castle & Old town which is a small town full of history dating back to the Middle- Ages ( my favourite era) and many more! It will be perfect!
In July 2012, I travelled to Santorini in Greece, it was the prettiest, romantic place I’ve ever been! If you wonder where are those ‘iconic images’ of Greece; usually portrayed especially on Greek yoghurt those blue roof white washed walls over looking to Aegean sea? Santorini is the place where you can indulge yourself in the beauty of that along with various beauty it has to offer!
My visit to Greece dates back to 2010, during which many riots took place and my family were having second thoughts about cancelling the holiday prior to our visit. Luckily, the riots only took place exclusively outside Parliament Square which is located in the city center and after 7 pm the street would be cleaned so it wouldn’t distract any traffic on the next day.
when we arrived at the airport, you can book any boat trip at the local travel agent’s counter and from what I can remember, dad booked the boat trips for a day out to three nearby islands ( Hydra and the rest I can’t remember) However, if you just want to stay in Athens then all the historical buildings are close by so there is no need to spend extra money on expensive tours. We stayed at a 5 star hotel called ”Classical Athens Imperial” and it had very pretty views on the rooftop at night!
Sites worth to see at Athens
The Acropolis and the Parthenon
I’ve visited these sites below by booking a tour at a Greek travel agency:
Ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus
The Lion Gate
NOTE: my holiday in central Greece only lasted about 4 or 5 days so it was a rather short trip and everyday’s agenda was jam-packed so I had to get up pretty early in the morning to wait for a tour bus outside the Hotel to pick us up. Though since I’m into sightseeing or cultural experiencing, it was worth it!!
Tips: Taxi drivers in Greece sometimes don’t use their meter for tourists and often the price they demand for the journey will be ALOT more. Beware, my family and I were lucky enough to met an honest Greek man who told us about this scam.