I came across my old photos from our trip to Greece five years ago and thought I would share them. We spent 2 weeks there. The first week we stayed in Kalymnos which is where my husband’s father is from. My in-laws were actually living there at the time (they moved from Canada and have since moved back but during this trip, they were staying in Greece). During our week visiting the wonderful island of Kalymnos, we relaxed, enjoyed the sun, ate fantastic food, and pretty much lived like locals. It was stress-free and perfect preparation for our second week of sight-seeing and island hopping.
During the first week, we took a day trip to Patmos (by ferry). We visited a monastery way up in the hills. I remember the meal we shared by the docks waiting for our ferry back to Kalymnos. It was one of the best meals we had in Greece. We ordered several dishes and shared them (we were two couples on the trip). We had greek salad made with fresh tomatoes, horta (greens), keftedes (greek meatballs), tzatziki and more. It was simply prepared from fresh ingredients – the best way to eat!
We then spent 2 days in Rhodes and fell in love with the Old Town. We visited the usual sites then spent hours walking through the cobblestones streets in the various neighborhoods away from the touristy areas. We came across a very old, very small neighborhood church that only had about 12 seats (6 individual seats along each wall) and barely enough room to stand in. We walked by housewives hanging their laundry out to dry, boys playing on their front stoops, merchants taking care of their wares in smaller shops away from the main tourist area. We had a great time.
After Rhodes, we spent two days in Athens to do more sight-seeing. We climbed the Acropolis (lots of stairs and hills!) and visited the Parthenon, the temple of Hephaestus, Zeus’ temple… What was so surprising to me was that we’d be walking down a busy street, filled with midday traffic, and we’d look up and see ruins looming in the background (see pic below).
The sheer size of some of the ruins was just breathtaking and when you thought of their age, it was really something else. When you look at the structures and the remaining shell of what once was, you can just imagine the former grandeur and beauty of these temples and statues.