For my Easter holidays I picked my hometown as a destination, because summer is almost here in Greece and there’s nothing better than a warm sunny day by the sea. And we have a lot of that here. A lot!
According to Wiki, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and is located northeast of Crete. Its nickname is “The island of the Knights”, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.
Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, while the Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site.
In case you didn’t know it, the name of the US state of Rhode Island is based on a reference to Rhodes by Italian explorer Giovanni Verrazano, in a 1524 letter detailing his excursion into the waters around either Block Island or Aquidneck Island.
Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Well, for the pop cultured people out there you might have seen it in the movies “The Guns of Navarone” starring Anthony Quinn or “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”. Yes you read right, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” was in my hometown!
I’ve been to a lot of places and to a lot of beaches but there are no clearer waters than those of Rhodes. Seriously.
Rhodes has also a lot of local delicacies such as “Pitaroudia” which are fried chickpea balls, or “Muhalebi” which is an Anatolian crème with rose water and mastic.
Since it was a holiday, most Greeks fast before Easter Sunday and they have a specific dish on Thursday called “Dolmadakia” which are rice filled grape leaves that you can eat with a little yogurt or feta cheese. They are delicious and a personal favorite, truth be told.
These are some things I kept from my vacation there, but I have saved more for a later post.
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