Thursday, 3 July 2014

It's All Greek To Me...

...Χαιρετισμούς σε όλους σαςΩ, ναι! Έχω περάσει όλα τα ελληνικά!
Είμαι πίσω από το όμορφο νησί της Ρόδου ...  Isn't Google Translation just perfect!!!   So!  Did you miss me huh?  Grim and I jetted off last Wednesday to the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. We are a bit of veteran to the Greek islands but this was our first trip to Rhodes and oh! my! word!  What a beautiful island it is.  And... even better, it seems to have escaped the curse that a lot of the other islands have... it isn't ridiculously expensive!  Actually, I could go as far as saying it is cheap out there.  Which is how it used to be... before the advent of the Euro.   Anyways, we had a great flight over to  Rhodes and arrived at the hotel just before 10pm local time so it was dark and we had no idea really what the place looked like.   Our room was good - shame the bed looked like it had previously had a hippo sleeping on it and it was very saggy and a little bit knackered... but apart from that, all was good!  We stayed on an all inclusive basis so the next morning we were up early to get ourselves to the restaurant for breakfast.  When we opened up the doors to the patio of our room, here's the view we had.... not bad huh?



After a nice brekkie we decided to be ever so slightly lazy and lounge by this lovely and very inviting pool... and this is the view we had every day from our beds by the pool.





Now, I am usually a bit chatty... those of you who are long time readers of this blog will know that I do love a natter.  On holibobs I always like to talk to other guests at the hotel, it is a kind of bonding, you get to talk to strangers from all walks of life and all backgrounds.  Not so on this holiday!  With the exception of 12 other British guests who were all very nice and friendly, the majority of the rest of the guests we from the Ukraine.   Oooh, I got a little bit excited!  A new nationality to meet and talk to ... you never know, there may be another inky addict staying there that we could swap stories with!   Not so!  SO NOT SO!  I have never, ever, ever met a collection of such ignorant, wasteful and rude people!  Usually I don't make sweeping statements, I always speak as I find but I sure am speaking as I find here... from pushing in in the queue for food and drink, from looking right through you when you speak or smile, from allowing their children to run screaming (and I am not exagerating here, really screaming) around the dining room and pool, leaving said children as young as 7 or 8 years old in said pool whilst they went off to the beach (about 800m away) for the day so yes, us nice friendly Brits were left making sure their offspring didn't drown themselves, to taking their body weight in food at the beginning of a meal and then leaving it, untouched, to go into the waste whilst muggins here ended up with just a few bits of spud as there was literally no food left! Oh and how could I forget to mention... every single bloke was sporting a pair of budgie smugglers.. those images are burned into my brain now, nothing will erase them lol   Apart from the miserable clientele... the rest of the holiday was just simply fabulous!  So fabulous that I got into 100% lazy old bat mode and didn't take a single photo!  I had my camera with me but it was in the room, obviously that would be far too much like hard work to get my carcass moving and go and get it, especially when Grim had his with him, so I have nicked a couple of his pics.

 
Last Saturday was our 12th wedding anniversary.  Jokes a-plenty about getting less for murder and all that, we had a lovely day.  A trip to the beach - wow, it was soooo hot on the beach, I had to sit underneath a rather fetchingly fashioned cape made from vests, towels and sarongs.  My fair English rose skin literally frazzled through the Factor 30 so we beat a hasty retreat back to the hotel for the lunch scrum and then had an afternoon by the pool.   The mercury topped between 35 - 38 degrees for the first few days... then it got ridiculously hot... Monday was 42 degrees!  I spent the whole day in and out of the pool (don't worry, I didn't do anything more energetic than get in the water, limpet myself to the side and wallow for a few mins and then get back out)  Who knew that the sun will actually be rude enough to burn you through the water huh?  I was submerged apart from my bonce... and I was covered in Factor 30 and 20... and yes, I burnt, I blistered and now I am scratching me old back like I have fleas!  Anyways, back to Saturday.  We took a local bus into Lindos which took about 30 mins to get there... a lovely little of a town, nestled in a valley and next to the sea. 



A-top the hill that leads into Lindos is this chap.  He is Kleoboulos and was a 6th Century Greek poet and one of the Seven Sages of Greece and just so happens to be a native of Lindos.  After the stroll down the hill, (ok, after a very sweaty and huffy puffy drag down the hill) we entered into the little alleyways of Lindos, chock full of shops selling all kinds of wares and restaurants that have roof top terraces so you can sit and eat a lovely big bowl of Mousaka and take in the views... (well worth the sweaty huffypuffy slog into the town!)





Being as Lindos is at the bottom of a mahoooosive steep hill, there was no way this old lazy bat was walking back up the hill so we took a taxi back to the hotel.  Remember I said it took about 30mins on the bus?  Ten minutes in a taxi!  I was sitting in the back with my eyes screwed tight shut chanting the word "nutter" over and over... really... he was a nutter!  





Other than a wander down to Lardos, where we played Crazy Golf (Grim won, obviously, I just smacked the ball with the stick and hoped for the best) and ate THE BEST chicken Gyros I have ever, ever, ever eaten (and remember I said it is cheap over there?  Two Gyros, a big beer, a normal beer and a Diet Coke *yes, I was good and only had a little swig of a beer lol* cost just over 10Euro!) we stayed in the hotel... the weather was just too perfect to spend any time indoors... it is normal for a Sheridan holiday to be full of rain and cloudy weather so we didn't want to chance missing a second of the glorious sunshine!
And here's the parting shot of Rhodes... we were on the wrong side of the island to see a sunset and last night's was a beauty. 


That's all for today... I am up to my eyes in washing - the fifth load is on at the moment and I have a mega load of blog comments and Sunday Stamper entries to catch up on... I will try to get to see you all before Sunday!  Thanks for looking and... have a grand day!  TTFN

Hels x

19 comments:

rae d said...

My bestie got married in Lindos 6 years ago and we had the most AMAZEBALLS holiday staying in Pefkos. So glad you liked Rhodes it is amazing. Like you I LUBS the greek islands n have made many friends across them BUT the russian/Ukraine/eastern blocks are ruining these beautiful islands for us all and the locals. Xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Glad you had a wonderful break in the sun & a very happy anniversary to you both xx

Artfully challenged said...

Looks lovely there Hels. Such a shame about the rude people,there is always someone who ruins it for everyone else by being inconsiderate,hope it didn't spoil your enjoyment too much :)

Hugs
Donna x

Buttons said...

So did you get to practice your Greekish (or is it Greekian... ?) LOL! Sounds like your fellow guests were a pain. Mind, I bet there are Brits abroad that behave that badly too:( What is wrong with people. At least you got some fab food and a beautiful pool to dip in and it sure beats a rainy UK. Good luck with the washing. Jenny x

Robin said...

Happy 25th Anniversary - glad you were able to get away and do something special. Seems you had a lovely time generally - glad you brought the good weather back with you!.

carol edwards said...

Thank you for the lovely pictures--- I adore Greece, it always feels so right to visit this beautiful country. Happy anniversary and glad you enjoyed your holiday despite such class A rude people. X

Helen said...

I've never been that far into Europe, glad you enjoyed Rhodes, apart from the other guests! and the photos are gorgeous.

Redanne said...

Oh I love Rhodes! So pleased to hear that you enjoyed most of it, Lindos is so pretty and the sunsets are magnificent. I hope all that lovely warm water in pool was good for your back. Grim's pics are beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

whyducks said...

So glad you had a good time even if there were some not so nice people there. Thanks for telling us about it. Hope the bed didn't make the back worse. x

rachel said...

looks fabulous Hels - so glad you had a good time - I love Rhodes - went there in the 90's and never been since - it was fabulous then and it looks fabulous now! Hugs rachel x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, A belated Happy Anniversary to yourself and Graham. So glad you had a great time in Rhodes, your 'views' piccies look gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Carole Z said...

Oh Hels, you do make me smile..now I have an image of the blokes in budgie smugglers in my head, JUST from your description..and it ain't a good image..lol
Glad all that aside, you had a lovely holiday and anniversary though, great photos..hugs Carole Z X

Deborah Moore said...

Great post, Rhodes is a lovely place, just a shame it's full of undesirables! ;-)I started reading your post & could see something moving out of the corner of my left eye, I actually moved back into my chair thinking a bliddy great spider had crawled round from the back of the monitor!!!

Jan Sharp said...

So pleased you had a good time and managed to relax. Shame about the company-I don't think I've met any Ukrainian people so found your comments interesting!!!
Will your work be inspired by the Greek blue for a while?

Barb Cady said...

How sad about the company but the place sounded fabulous! How they could ignore your infectious smile heaven knows! Please excuse my absence this past few weeks, I've had a bit of healing to do with my eye so not much done, I will play Sunday stamper again real soon! Love and hugs barb xx

corinna said...

glad you enjoyed your hols. just a little jealous, well a lot really!!!
could you tell me what the little cartoony cat is at the bottom of your page, each time i open it, the cats head appears? take care, corinna

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels I want to wish you and your husband a belated Happy Anniversary. It is a shame about the other clients in the hotel but I'm so pleased you had a brilliant time in spite of that. The pictures look amazing. I hope you get all the washing done at least the weather is on your side. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs Jackie

Joanne said...

Oh I laughed when you said the taxi took only 10mins and the driver was a nutter. How long does it take you to get from mine to yours??? LOL
Glad it was a fab holiday, you deserved that one.
xx

JackieP Neal said...

Hels, thanks so much for sharing your holiday with us! I may never get to Greece in real life- so it was a special treat to see part of it through you!
and for those rude people...sad- isn't it? If I was there...we'd still be chatting it up!! teeheehee

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