Rhodes in the Rain (and Sunshine)

Casual Luxury, Greece, Jet setting, Travel

I woke up to the jingling and jangling of bangles. Everyone already seemed to be on the deck, enjoying breakfast in what seemed to be cold, stormy weather. Once I dressed and made my way to where everyone was sitting and enjoying yet another Greek breakfast, I realized there were looks of terror on the faces of our crew. Why? Oh yes, our one day in Rhodes, and we get welcomed by a Tornado. It is apparently beautiful and sunny 320 days out of the year, and we happened to show up on one of the other 45 days. Oh well, what’s a traveler to do, but suck it up and enjoy the ride?

Once we were allowed off of the boat, naturally it started to down pour. We hopped into a car, and took off to what we hoped would be a much sunnier side of the island. We wanted to spend the first part of the day in Lindos, and the second part of the day eating and shopping in the main city. We hired a car with an awesome driver, his name was Mike. He took us on a whirlwind of a drive past the beautiful beaches, the ancient ruins, a little church called the Church of the Virgin Katholiki that holds a very important inconostasis of the Virgin Mary. Thankfully, by that time it had started to clear and the weather was becoming more and more delightful. Along the way, our driver took us on the old route to Lindos that was lined with goats, sage bushes, and plumeria trees! Minus the plumeria, the surroundings were very similar to those of Southern California.

Once we got to Lindos, the streets were packed. it is a town donned in white nestled under the grand fortress or Acropolis of Lindos. The beaches were unreal, which is what this side of the island is known for. All I wanted to do was swim, but we didn’t have the time. Instead we grabbed a Mythos with a view. On our way up from the town, we stopped at the Lindos Ice Bar to check it out. Looks to be a pretty fantastic place to stay cool and drink vodka in your puffy.

We headed back to the main town to have lunch. We had reservations at Alexis Fish Restaurant. Yes, it was, again, glorious. We also learned that there were secret tunnels that went all the way from the Castle (dating back to the Knights of Templar) to the restaurant where we sat and beyond. There was even a glass covering in the restaurant showing the tunnels underneath. Quite neat. That is something that I would have loved to do, is explore the city’s tunnels. I am sure there is a lot of history lurking down there.

Rhodes is one place that I would like to go back to and vacation for a week. I want nothing more than to sit at St. Paul’s Bay and soak up the sun, Mythos, and Greek Salads.┬áStay tuned for what other islands we visited…

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Athens: A Historical and Gastronomical Delight

Greece, Travel

After a long journey from Paris, to Istanbul, and the Grecian Islands, we finally landed in Athens. I had never been to Athens, so I was very excited to see what this city had to offer. Once we left the boat, we were picked up in a car and driven to the Plaka, one of the oldest areas of Athens, sitting at the base of the Acropolis. We stayed at The Grand Electra Palace, a 5 star hotel with epic views.

The Electra Palace Hotel: The rooms were small but modern and nicely decorated. I did not have the greatest view, but there are rooms that have a view of the Acropolis. Service was great, all very polite and nice. The breakfast is fantastic. A huge spread of everything you can imagine. Such a great way to start the day. WiFi is only free in selected common areas, and you must pay if you’d like access while in your room.

Tudor Hall Restaurant at the King George Palace: This was one of the most fantastic restaurants I have been to. Not only was the view spectacular, the food was divine. We sat at an intimate table at the window looking onto all of Athens. Fantastic. I had a Creme of Mushroom Soup with black truffles and made with chanterelles. Unreal. For my second course, I had the lobster. Extraordinary. Others at the table had the Sea Bass, the Grilled Octopus (best I’ve ever had), and some other tantalizing gourmet creations. We ended our delectable feast with some gorgeous little sweet sensations, courtesy of the Chef. Not to mention he signed our menu as we were leaving! All-in-all, a 5 star dining experience.

Psaras Tavern: We ate here twice, need I say more? The food, the atmosphere, the service, and the house carafe of wine were all incredible. Their greek salad was the best I had while traveling, and their tarama wins the prize for all time best Tarama. That is a true accolade coming from me. Psaras is located in the Plaka, and covers about 3 different buildings and tiny streets bustling with both tourists and locals alike. During both our lunches here we sat for over 2 hours conversing, drinking, and enjoying everything the senses could take in. Tip: Ask them to let you choose your fish! The owner will take you through their kitchen, a true Grecian culinary experience if you ask me.

On our last day in Athens we ventured out to the Temple of Poseidon. The temple towers over a magnificent view of the water. A great place for a temple, I’d say. Athena may have one over Athens, but Poseidon had the view. The temple of Poseidon is quite magical and a great place to sit quietly and take it all in. It was the perfect end to an unreal trip. Tip: Take a private car out there. The trip is about an hour outside of Athens, and you definitely would not want to be sitting on a bus. It’s expensive, but worth every cent.