The Rambling Writer’s Greek Islands 2019, part 2: Southern Rhodes

Confined by the pandemic? Join us for our ongoing virtual vacation as Thor and I tour sites in the south end of Rhodes.

NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years, to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. After time-traveling via ruins and museums to explore the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture, we went ferry-hopping to relax on a couple of our favorite islands.

Yes, I succeeded in dragging Thor away from the beach for a driving trip around the south end of Rhodes, where we had not ventured on previous trips. Leaving our studio apartment in Stegna cove, we headed up the steep road in the cliffside. Once more I salute my hero-driver Thor!

Not far along the main coastal road heading south lies the stunning ancient site of Lindos, Classic-era temples perched atop a rocky acropolis that was later reinforced by a Medieval fortress. A village of cubic whitewashed buildings forms a labyrinth below it.

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Islands 2019, part 2: Southern Rhodes — 4 Comments

  1. I chose my Greek restaurants by the quality of their salads. If they only had Greek salad (peppers, onions, tomatoes, olives) they were a taverna. If they had interesting salads with “rocket” and fruit bits and cheese, that was a restaurant. Yum.

    • Yes, Thor became quite the connoisseur of salads on our trip. And he learned to make the special peanut/honey/sesame treats we can now enjoy at home.

  2. Love the cute kittens!

    It strikes me how much of that countryside looks like Southern California. But then come castles and the rooftops and . . . no.

    • Thanks, Sherwood! I realized I hadn’t featured any sweet Greek cats lately. And yes, the climate is a lot like Southern California. The west side of Rhodes is greener, though.