Looking for Lindos
By Calum on Sep 19, 2005
Been back from our holiday to Rhodes for a week now, but only just getting around to putting up a couple of snaps.
Didn't start too well with a 2-hour delay on the flight (well, just under unfortunately, so no compensation), which got us into Rhodes in time for a late dinner. We were staying at the Avra Beach resort in Ixia... clean, quiet, and, because it's all-inclusive, all the poolside cocktails, ice-cream and cakes we could lay our hands on :)
Fitted in a few excursions along the way... first up was a sail over to the island of Symi, where we failed miserably to find the 500 steps up from Gialos to the old town of Chorio-- probably not a bad result in the 30 degree heat, to be honest. After a quick scoot around to the other side of the island to take in the monastery at Panormitis, we were back in time for tea.
After taking the next day to ourselves to brave the local buses, wander round the UNESCO world heritage site of Rodos old town, and dispose of an ill-chosen bottle of local retsina down the sink (doing little to dispel our fear that we'd accidentally bought a bottle of J\^HCif instead), our next package-tastic guided tour took in a trip up the cross at Filerimos, some wine tasting at Emery's in Embonas, the Valley of the Butterflies (which are really moths) at Petaloudes, and two hotels and a house at Profitis Ilias that were built for Mussolini.
Final outing was another boat trip down the coast to Lindos, with its impressive acropolis that, like most things in Rhodes, involves a long and occasionally precarious climb. How we cringed as some poor tourist girly fell headlong halfway down the majestic stone steps. (Doing no serious damage to either, fortunately.)
One day left to sit by the pool, another evening of entertainment in the form of a bizarre French 80's disco for kids, and that was it-- we were off home again. (On another delayed flight.)