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Summer in Rhodes

written by Terysa September 5, 2016

If anyone was wondering why we went ‘radio silent’ on the blog over July and August this year, this is why!

Six weeks on a beautiful Greek island with very limited internet and all of Nick’s family to keep us occupied and entertained. This post is more of a massive photo gallery than anything else, so enjoy the pretty pictures and I’ll be back with a more prose-intensive blog next time!

Just let me tell you a little bit about Rhodes, the lovely island we spent our summer in, because I really do recommend it to anyone thinking of heading to Greece for a holiday. The Old Town, a listed UNESCO heritage site, is particularly impressive and it’s construction dates back to 407 BC. As you walk around town, you can even see evidence of these more ancient structures. However, the majority of the city that you see today was built by the Knights of Saint John during the 13th and 14th centuries, and then again during the period of occupation by the Ottoman Empire, who were responsible for many of the baths and mosques throughout the city.

Today it’s all very touristy of course, but retains a huge amount of charm in my opinion. Many tourists stay on the beach resorts like Faliraki and perhaps just do a day trip to the Old Town, but I would recommend doing things the other way around.

The fishing harbour, just outside the Old Town

The fishing harbour, just outside the Old Town

Beautiful Kalithea baths- and a lovely yacht at anchor!

Beautiful Kalithea baths- and a lovely yacht at anchor!

All settled in for the day!

All settled in for the day!

Nick's mother chilling at Afandou beach

Nick’s mother chilling at Afandou beach

Day at the Water Park!

Day at the Water Park!

Racing down the slide… Guess who won?!

Racing down the slide… Guess who won?!

Nick… doing something.

Nick… doing something.

 

We quickly settled into a routine that was very relaxing indeed (not that we really needed it after 6 months in the Caribbean, 3 of which were spent just on the one island!): sleep ins followed by lazy coffee in the garden and a bit of breakfast, the kids would get up just in time for a walk down to the local square for our mid-day beverage/facebook update, followed by a BBQ lunch at home (Nick usually cooked and the meals got more and more elaborate as the holiday went on!), a nap, then a group yoga session, followed by a trip to the beach, then out for dinner. Every now and then we’d mix things up and go for a day out to the Water Park, or have a lunch picnic on the beach just to, you know, keep everyone on their toes.

A typical early evening scene: Nick playing a game on his phone and Ralph and Marco engaged in a tense game of chess.

A typical early evening scene: Nick playing a game on his phone and Ralph and Marco engaged in a tense game of chess.

Busy Socrates street in the early evening.

Busy Socrates street in the early evening.

The Plaka- the main square. And look, Nick even found a jib baton at the marina!

The Plaka- the main square. And look, Nick even found a jib baton at the marina!

Our last day at the beach together, and the kids' last opportunity to drag Uncle Nicky into the water!

Our last day at the beach together, and the kids’ last opportunity to drag Uncle Nicky into the water!

Little William is slowly getting the idea...

Little William is slowly getting the idea…

… Now that's more like it! Hit him with the bouncy ball!

… Now that’s more like it! Hit him with the bouncy ball!

All very entertaining for the rest of us!

All very entertaining for the rest of us!

A slightly calmer beach game...

A slightly calmer beach game…

Swimming in the beautiful blue seas

Swimming in the beautiful blue seas

Aw, who's this handsome man!?

Aw, who’s this handsome man!?

Obligatory underwater selfie!

Obligatory underwater selfie!

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