RHODES – A COLOSSAL EXPERIENCE
Did you know that there are more than 3000 islands in the Greek archipelago? Three thousand! (Some people say 6000.)
Rhodes Island – affectionately known as the Island of Endless Sunshine – is one of the larger ones. Rhodes (town), the principle city of the island, is divided into the old town and new town.
Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Two statues of deer on top of two columns mark the supposed location of this gigantic statue at the entrance to the Mandraki harbour that is guarded by the charming fort of Saint Nicholas that doubled as a lighthouse.
I absolutely lost myself meandering with my camera through the medieval stone-paved alleyways of the old town. Today, Rhodes old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This time capsule exists within the imposing walls built in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John who used the island as their home.
The modern Rhodes, with stretches of white beaches, cobalt-blue sea and exquisite cuisine, was exactly how I had always imagined a Greek island to be.
Next year, if we still walk the earth, we will go back to Rhodes. This time for my daughter’s wedding!
Antio Rodos! Until next year …