We hired a quad bike so we could explore Rhodes Island. At 350ccs it was a bit underpowered and struggled with some of the hills, but it got us where we wanted to be. As we passed the airport on the way down to the coast, we rode into a bee which stung Ashley right between the eyes. This necessitated a quick stop for a frappe but all, at that stage, seemed to be well.
We headed off for butterfly valley which was very pretty, though there were no butterflies this early in the season. There were quite a few tourists but no real crowds. For some reason, the only pictures we took were of frogs and water boatmen. The ones of the water boatmen did not come out very well…
After that we rode around a bit more and stopped in Psinthos for lunch. Psinthos is a lovely village with a half a dozen tavernas ranged round a central square. Wesampled two of these during our trip and the first was, we think, the best. We had a plate of hot and cold mezzes and they were very good indeed. The weather was windy and thing did blow off our table from time to time. The local children were preparing for Easter. All dressed up and carrying baskets, they progressed around the square collecting money and eggs. Our table gave us a great opportunity to watch all this, and people in general. The bee sting was starting to affect Ashley quite badly…
We then visited seven springs which was pleasant enough before heading for Lindos. The beach area was quite chaotic and crowded so we returned to the highway and parked nearer to the top of the hill. The town, the theatre and the Acropolis were not crowded. Oh, there were some tourists, but we managed to keep them out of most of the photos! It was still very windy and we had the privilege of watching a flock of lesser kestrels hunt the cliffs below the acropolis. They were flying too fast for us to capture them with the camera. The other tourists present did not seem to notice them.
Last week, we took a trip to Kos. The main purpose of the trip was to have lunch with some friends who are there on holiday but, as it is rather a long way to go just for lunch, we decided to stay three nights.
On this occasion we didn’t take the bike – we got the bus to Bodrum then the catamaran. Our hotel was in Lambi – tucked out of the way, about 20 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Kos town.
Kos is very different from the other islands we have visited. There is some agriculture but it seems to survive pretty well on the tourist industry. Lambi itself was full of people, mostly from the low countries, enjoying the beaches, the bars, restaurants and, of course, the World Cup. The coastal area is very flat compared to much of the coast of Turkey and most tourists seemed to be happiest getting around on bicycles. There were cycle lanes everywhere (to the extent that it was difficult to find a safe place to walk). Every second establishment seemed to be hiring out bicycles, motor scooters and…. Quad Bikes.
Ashley finds it hard to resist Quad Bikes so we did a bit of research on Saturday night and went to pick up our chosen vehicle on Sunday morning after breakfast…
Off we went to get some petrol. The petrol went into the tank. The petrol came out of the tank through the broken fuel line and made puddles on the forecourt… We pointed this out to the chap in the petrol station who kindly phoned the hire shop for us. Petrol was carefully decanted into some buckets and… well, he couldn’t fix it quickly so he went back to the shop and came back on an upgraded Quad Bike. He siphoned in most of the petrol we had already purchased and….. off we went!
We started out at the Asclepion which is spectacular then off into the mountains where we found an excellent restaurant (it’s called Kefalovrissi, it’s new, the chef has worked in Australia and Switzerland and knows how to source the best local ingredients – seriously the best feta we have ever tasted) near Zia in which to have lunch. Then we drove round the rest of the island.