Island Hopping – First Island was Rodos

butterfly-valley

 

Back in September we went Island Hopping.  Apart from sheer enjoyment and recreation, we had two motivations.  Firstly, friends were holidaying on Kos and we arranged to meet them for lunch and secondly we wanted to escape Turkey for Kurban Bayram.

We started out by heading for Marmaris to catch our (booked) ferry to Rodos.  When you travel at the start of Bayram it is good to book everything well in advance.  The bus station thought we were crazy trying to book our bus to Marmaris a week in advance, right until they discovered that there were only two seats left…

As it turned out, when we got to Aydin there was a man waiting for customers to inform them that the bus we had booked had been held up in Istanbul and was running 5 hours late.  He booked us onto a bus with a different company (and we got 10 lira back as the new bus was cheaper).  All went well till just before Muğla where the bus broke down…

Hwp_20160910_16_22_11_proalf an hour later the crew got it going again and we arrived in Marmaris with enough time to grab a late lunch before our ferry left.  On the ferry my favourite waiter bought me the first espresso freddo of the holiday.  It was not to be the last…

Rodos is lovely, but somewhat expensive.  We stayed in the old town in a quiet little hilary-in-nyserrospansyon and took breakfast at the local bakery.  We had a wildly expensive dinner one night (with avocado stuffed with prawn cocktail – very ’70’s as the couple at the next table commented – and swordfish) in a rooftop restaurant with a great atmosphere.  We ate in Psinthos twice.  That’s a lovely little village with several great restaurants round the village square.  We hired a quad bike and rode around.  We took loads of photos in butterfly valley.

Last time we went to butterfly valley we didn’t see any butterflies.  It was the wrong time of year.  This time we saw….. millions.

 

And some other  creatures:

 

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2 responses to “Island Hopping – First Island was Rodos

  1. Interesting that you found Rhodes expensive as I also find Hydra over priced, but everyone else tells me that the Greek Islands are cheap compared to Turkey.

    • Rhodes is expensive, especially within the old city, so is Hydra and Aegina, most of the others not so. Some things are cheaper than in Turkey, meat is cheaper, alcohol is cheaper, vegetables are not. Hotels can be cheaper, a hotel on Kos is likely to cost less than one in Bodrum and the ferry fare. Wine on a table at a taverna will be a lot less than wine on a table anywhere in Turkey. Overall I suspect that for a tourist there is not a massive difference.

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