The 'Boot'is a large glass in the shape of a boot which holds about four pints of beer.Many of the cafe's and bars in the Old Town do these fantastic drinks.Make sure you have a good thirst on as it takes a while to finish them.They are quite expensive between 15 and 20 Euro's,well worth it if you enjoy your beer.
Even though beaches in Rhodos are rather clean and nice, we would recommend you to change your clothes in your hotel room (this is what most people do) rather than changing in "beach box" as they look very old and dirty.
The greek coffee is very similar to turkish coffee, it is made in small pots, boiling it together with sugar on sand or gas. You have to be careful not to stir it before you drink it because it has all the coffee ground. Before you order greek coffee, waiters will always ask you how much sugar you want, because sugar is added to this kind of coffee while it is still on boiling process.
The greek coffee was very refreshing for us after long searching for a good coffee in Rhodos, because all other coffees tasted like in air planes. :)
The icons are important art and religious pieces that are to be buying in the many shops of the city, in the art galleries, and in the churches or monasteries.
The icons are to be seeing and admired in the little chapels of the cities, or in the big churches.
The price of these artworks is wide-ranging, and caused by the age, art significance or of the material of them.
The Colossus of Rodos was one of the seven World Wonders of the ancient times that was destructed by the earthquake in 227 BC.
The 35 m high giant statue was built in honour of the Sun God Helios, into a time period of twelve years.
The artist that made this wonderful construction was the sculptor Chares von Lindos that worked to it from 304 BC until 292 BC.
The remainder of the Colossus was stay in the Sea for a time period of 900 years, because the people of Rodos wanted do not move the pieces.
In the year 653 AD, the Arabs took out the rests of the statue, transported it on the opposite coast of the sea, and sold them to the Jewish merchants.
The image of the real statue and the place of it are not exactly known, but the imagination of the Rhodians has not limit.
One supposed that it was placed at the entrance to Mandraki Harbour, with the feet on the places where actually the two bronze stags on top of columns are there.
You can see the Colossus image everywhere on the island: as statues and as souvenirs.
The wonderful garden of the Grand Master’s Palace is situated in the immediately near of the new market of the town.
This is a splendid green paradise, with quietly alleyways, beautiful flowers, tall and low trees.
The garden was created after an elegant architectural conception.
Every evening, from April to October, in this splendid garden of the Palace of the Grand Master, there are “Sound and Light” presentations.
These spectacles are representations of the historic episode from the life of the city, but in the first plane, from the Grand Master’s Palace.
The light and the sound of the music create a ferry tall atmosphere with a magical beauty.
Greek tourist organisation likes to present their traditional style of living in association with local people. We visited one of the older woman, who kindly received us and pinned a bunch of basil leaves in a sign of a welcome on our chest. Tourists like visiting her. She makes her living with showing her traditional life and architecture.
You can find myth, folklore and religion all over the island of Rhodos, just like on Crete. Only on Rhodos many saints originally are worshipped in particular places, where is not any background originated. So are the local customs, events, rituals and believe of the evil (which the Turkish travellers left behind).
Once Rhodos was named Ophiousa (because a lot of snakes lived there), and Asteria (for its clear blue and starry sky), and Makaria (for its arresting beauty) and Atavyria (after its highest mountain, Atavyros). Sounds impressive huh? With some fishermen we talked about the Sea-Goddess and the fashion pictures. Maybe they appreciate the tellings and told us the most beautiful spots of Rhodos ...
If there's one thing more that Greeks like other than fooball and mopewds its the Eurovision sonfg contest. The night of the Greek cup final co-incided with the Greece winning Eurovision and well its was party night on the streets which cheering greeks waving their flags on their mopeds!
The stag and doe deer guarding Mandraki harbour depict a special breed which was said to have been introduced in classical times (suggested by the oracle in Delphi apparently) to combat a plague of snakes. They think that the deer either trampled on the snakes or the snakes were poisoned by the deer dung. Today the snake plague has diminished but real deer can be seen in the mountains and supposedly in Rhodini Park - not that we saw any there :-S These deer were the only ones we saw oh and on pebble mosaics and drain covers - well it is the national symbol of Rhodes!
...and yes they are asking me to join them for a short HASAPIKO greek-dance course...LOL!
Am I really gonna do this?
.....Alright here we go...HUH!! Is it like this, or...HEY, why others are not doing like me?
This dance is the most known greek dance in the World, thanks to the movie "Zorba the Greek"!
There are countless variations and no two groups of dancers do the same routine. The dance is done with a hand-to-shoulder hold, and the dancers may improvise the order of the variations, communicating with taps on the shoulders of the adjacent dancer. There are two parts to the dance, one slow and one fast.
...but after a while...I think I got it right now :-)!!
Not so much a "local custom" as a "British custom" - there seems to be quite a trend for getting married on Rhodes. While we were there we saw at least 6 British weddings, so probably in the time we were there there were literally dozens. The photographs etc all took place outside the Church Of The Assumption by Mandraki Harbour, but the weddings all seemed to take place in the city hall rather than the church.
It's apparently popular for British people to go to St Paul's church at Lindos to get married too, though we never saw any examples of that.
By mosques there will always be a fountain so that before entering to pray people can wash their nose, ears, hands and feet.