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Published: September 17th 2015
What else can I say other than Wow!!! So much already happened in 24 hours, it's amazing!
Melanie and I flew to Athens and then to Rhodes. What a perfect place to start a trip! Very laid back, perfect weather and we seem to have found the best guy to rent bicycles from. He was already waiting for us at the airport, we picked up the bikes at his shop and he helped us find our AirBNB apartment, which would not have been easy without a local with us. Our place was simple but fine, but we slept very little on our first night: too jetlagged and too hot, we yet have to adapt!!
But the amazing day we had today kept us awake anyway. We biked to Rodos City, alond beaches and beautiful scenery and put our feet in the Mediterranean. Then Zois met us in town and he gave us a free tour of the city. Very cool place, especially the old town, with its narrow streets inside the fortifications. We definitely need an extra day to explore slowly. We had iced coffee and cake to put fuel in our bodies and we climbed the hill to see the
old stadium and acropolis. But the best part was our mid-day lunch: Zois took us to a restaurant at a beach on the east side of the island where the tables of the restaurant are in the water. We couldn't believe it and couldn't stop laughing. Zois ordered delicious food and we ate our lunch with fish swimming around our feet.
Actually, when I first started writing this blog I thought this was the best part of the day but the day was not over yet... More surprises awaited... In the evening, after we swam in the pool at our beautiful hotel (again thanks to Zois for the recommendation) and had time to eat and relax on our balcony, Zois picked us up again with one of his friends and all 4 of us went to an ice cream parlour. And to top it up, we then visited Kalithea Thermi, where we were invited for a drink and had a chance to marvel at the black and white pebble mosaic floor and the incredible architecture. It was like being in a movie. It was around midnight when we went back to our hotel, so tired but too excited to sleep.
What an incredible first day. If you want to see pictures of our day tour in Rodos, Zois put some on his Facebook page at Rodos Cycling. And if you want to do an amazing bike trip in Greece, he his the guy!!
So after this first day, we then got more serious (!) about biking. We had a great first day: breakfast with greek yogourt, lunch #1 on the way, and lunch #2 at Dyonisos restaurant. From there, we got help to find a pension for the night, a nice house just a little away from the beach. We visited the Kamiros ruins (amazing and soooo much fun to bike down the hill after the visit) and brought more Greek food "home" to enjoy on our balcony. We finally ate our first baklava and it wasn't small.
And today, lots of hills, mostly up. We worked hard but stopped a hundred times to take pictures, rest and enjoy. We stopped at a little kisok where an older lady was selling honey. She had us try the 3 kinds of honey and we were hooked: we had to buy some. So we did, and before we left, she insisted to
give us another jar of honey and fresh olive oil. We were so touched by her generosity, and it seems like everyday is full of great surprises in Rodos. I am not even mentioning the scenery, which was soooo beautiful. Castles, pine forest, olive trees, beautiful picturesque villages, and super friendly people. We just wished we could speak some Greek,.
So as usual, I can't just write a short story. But our days are so full and exciting, it is hard to summarize. Life is good, we seem blessed by the Greek gods.
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