“A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.” – J B Priestley.
Rhodes is located in lovely Greece, home to the beautiful fuschia pink Bougainvillea flowers and the idyllic Old Town. It’s a place where nights are hotter than English days and skies are as blue as the Mediterranean sea. The island welcomed my friend and I, tired and bleary eyed, on the early morning of Thursday 30th June.
My last holiday was to Sorrento in Italy the previous year, so I was expecting similar temperatures (around the 30 degree Celsius mark). And I wasn’t wrong. As we arrived at night, our first full day allowed us to adapt and acclimate to the heat.
We wanted to get as much out of our week away as possible, so the two of us slapped on the sun-cream and headed into the new town. Here, there were plenty of opportunities to peruse through designer shops, as well as the usual high street brands. After finding our bearings, we walked down to the harbour where there was a much-appreciated sea breeze!
Once we got too hot to stay, we caught the bus back to where we were staying – a place named Castello Di Rodi. The hotel was traditional, with blooming flowers overhanging a courtyard, a rooftop swimming pool, and a small restaurant. It was quiet, with friendly staff and nice food. I enjoyed sun-bathing next to the pool (once we managed to get hold of a sunbed!)
A couple of days later, we decided to visit the Old Town. I’d heard that it was definitely worth a visit, and I wasn’t disappointed! Small, cobbled streets winded their way through idyllic restaurants and cute little gift shops and, although it was hot, the air-conditioning from the stalls made the walk quite pleasant.
We also took a look around the “Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights”, which had a museum full of pottery which had been found on the grounds.
We liked the town so much that we returned on the evening of a different day, where the sunset made the streets look even more beautiful! It looked so different at night and there were lots more people about, eating and drinking the night away.
Just up the road from our hotel was a restaurant called “Caldera”, a typically Greek style with unbeatable food. We went back a second time; the staff were super friendly and we even got a complimentary drink.
It was one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on – and the first time abroad without the parents! We let time float away at the pool, and laughed until our stomachs hurt. Of course, the odd cocktail helped a bit, too.