Where Have All the Veggies Gone?
When I flew off to Rhodes at the end of May, I saw lovely veggies in my mind’s eye. I imagined a sunny Greek island with a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables on every table. So I was very surprised to find that fresh produce was not plentiful on Rhodes – at least not when I was there.
The few vegetables sold in the shops all over the island were shriveled, half-rotten, and grossly overpriced. With much effort, I was able to pick up a few reasonable looking tomatoes. The buffet breakfast at our hotel did not offer anything remotely fresh. The closest to anything resembling fruit or vegetable were olives and sliced canned peaches.
On the other hand, a restaurant on the main street that runs through Kremasti (outside Rhodes Town) prepared a baked vegetable casserole for me. It consisted of layers of darkish looking vegetables. It was hard to tell, but I think it contained eggplant, zucchini, onion and peppers. Whatever it was, it was tasty. Anyhow, we were so charmed by the waitress and her answers to our questions about Rhodes history (October 28, 1944, when Rhodes stood up to the Nazis, was the “day of the Big No,” she said) that food really played a secondary role.
All in all, I did not go hungry in Rhodes. The salty feta cheese and plump Greek olives were nice, the pizza was fine, and I adored the ice cream.
Exploring the city
Do you want to explore the city of Rodos?
The best starting point is Cyprus Square in the center of the city. Around the square the area is full of jewelry shops, fashionable boutiques and banks.
On the picture you can see one of the beautiful buildings of the city of Rodos which If I well recall is a hotel.
The miniature churches or shrines next to the roads are memorials for people killed in a car accident, at the same spot where the accident happened. The family of the deceased construct and maintain them . They contain a photo of the deceased, some religious objects and a lit candle.
The island of Symi is an enchanting place, with its star attraction being Chorio, a 19th century town of fine neoclassical mansions. The island has few beaches and almost no flat land. The island has good natural harbours, and the nearby coast of Asia Minor provided plentiful timber for the Symiotes, who were fine shipbuilders, fearless seafarers and sponge divers, and rich and successful merchants.
There are a lot of good bars and cafes etc. in the new town too. They don't have the same atmosphere as the old town, but tend to have either a younger sort of feel to them or a more family orientated feel - depending on how far towards the resort you get. There are whole streets of family friendly tavernas around the resort part of the New Town, close to the hotel where we stayed.