Tag Archives: Rhodes

Greece, Symi: there ……. and back!’

Despite a few nervous twitches as the UK government had Greece on the ‘watch list’ for potentially banning all except ‘essential travel’ I made it safely back to Symi, via Athens and Rhodes. Great to be there again.  Some things … Continue reading

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Symi:  the 15 minute walk that took 6 days, or, Notes on How to Use a Bedpan.

And now for something completely different “What are you doing? “ The tone was reprovingly incredulous, not inquisitorial. “I need to use the toilet.” “No!  The doctor says you must stay in bed.” The nurse was much smaller than me … Continue reading

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Symi: en route and arriving

“It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive” is  an axiom, often repeated but first penned by Robert Louis Stevenson, which has become a cliché.  The thought echoes and old Taoist saying that “the journey is the reward”.  I … Continue reading

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Greece: Rhodes, Tilos, Nisyros, high speed island hopping

Wednesday morning and my daughter delivered me to Manchester Airport at 06.15 en route to an hour’s skiing in  the Chill Factory.  How bizarre a beginning to a day is that!!! Given that she was going to minus 2 degrees … Continue reading

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Greece: art and about in Rhodes

My ferry from Rhodes to Tilos was at 18.00 so I had plenty of time for a leisurely wander around Rhodes Old Town with the camera, even after a sluggish start.  We have been wandering around the walled town at … Continue reading

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Greece: to Rhodes

The flight to Rhodes was uneventful if, as all flights, tedious.  The taxi ride to the old town was, as ever, an opportunity to tune my ear to the language with the driver doing me the courtesy of speaking Greek … Continue reading

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From Rhodes to Symi: new beginnings and a whiff of death.

No problem getting to Rhodes’ Colonna harbour for the 08.30 high speed cat to Symi , nor in buying a ticket (more about which in a later blog …. maybe).  On the way it was heart warming to see a … Continue reading

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Greece: a beginning in Rhodes.

I left the cold and April showers of Manchester and landed in Rhodes in temperatures still above 20oC at near midnight.  Very pleasant. It is still pre-season over here and the Old Town, which in the summer makes Blackpool at … Continue reading

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Surreal change to Autumn: A backward look from a cold climate to the Hot Rock.

The last few days on Symi were unusually hot and sunny for the end of September and beginning of October but there were signs of Autumn approaching. From Panormitis Monastery on Monday a strange layer of cloud could be seen … Continue reading

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Symi: to Rhodes and back

Early start to Wednesday.  I was taking the ferry to Rhodes to meet my daughter and her husband at the airport. There was a choice of two, the high speed catamaran at 07.45 and the large Blue Star ferry arriving … Continue reading

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