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Memories of Last Year and to Make this Year

I booked my early summer holiday last weekend. After spending the week after Christmas trawling through my holiday guides, buying a few more and picking up brochures, I set my mind on Crete. I then decided on something a little different for my Monday Memories category because there’s not much about my recent travels (or older travels) on here.

Apparently I went to Crete when I was very little – far too little to remember, although we do have photos of me on a wind-surfer with some man. Don’t ask!

It’s quite exciting really – I’ll be able to cross off another of my Greek Island list and some more ancient Greek sites. For my honeymoon, my husband and I went to Egypt and Athens for all the sites. After the amazing Athens, last year I picked Rhodes and I was so impressed.

Rhodes old town is a Medieval town dating back to the Knights of St John and is technically too “late” for the time periods I love, but whilst there I was stunned and fell in love. People still live in the tiny homes built originally hundreds of years ago with the thinnest “roads” I have ever seen. It’s mainly all cobbled and the rows of buildings are strengthened by arches across the roads. It’s a fantastic thing to see, made even more crazy looking by the lack of cars aside from some very custom built ones.

Street of the Knights in Rhodes Old Town

The moat is dry, but there are still bridges and gates leading into the town and it’s not hard to imagine it in its heyday – a true fortified city. I was lucky enough to have two afternoons free time to wander around and only got caught in a bit of rain once! There are some older sites hiding in there, too, but most of it in the main town got built over and people still live there so they can’t go excavating. The museums were a bit of a let down, but were a distraction from the rain.

One of the bridges and gates into the city - possibly St John's

Before we went out there, I had already booked an afternoon and evening trip to Rhodes Old Town and a morning trip to Lindos to satisfy my “ancient” needs. Lindos is this amazingly tall little town, which at the bottom has windy little thin blocks of shops and homes again. Similar to Rhodes Town, it’s very odd walking around it in these narrow little lanes which to the inhabitants are main streets. It was a lot like little market areas here, but their town!

The overview of Lindos village from the acropolis 125m above it. It was among one of the most sacred sites in the ancient world.

Part of Lindos is from the Knights era, including the steps up it. I have to admit that I don’t mind being up high, but I don’t really like getting up there and walking the sometimes smooth steps with no railings and only a stumble away was a bit scary. Eventually you get up to the top and through the more “modern” areas to find yourself at the top and presented with the acropolis. It was that stuff that I went for!

Just some of the stairs leading up to the acropolis at Lindos

We went in April, over Easter, and so the weather wasn’t amazing – rain and cloud on and off. But, what this also meant was barely anyone there so photos of popular sites with no one else in and not having to struggle with the high summer temperatures and trying to climb to the top of anything. The pool was a bit chilly, but I was happy to sit and read after I got my trips sorted out.

This temple ruin is from the the third century BC and is just outside of Rhodes main town.

The other amazing thing about it being Easter was how the Christian people there celebrate it. We didn’t get to see any of the Good Friday or Easter Sunday processions, but on the second day in Rhodes Town, we were greeted by palm leaves strewn across the archways and fantastic paintings on them.

Just one of the images used with palm leaves.

Unfortunately for my husband, the hotel had a second trip that we didn’t know about until we got there which did the other coast of the island. Now, this took me to Kameiros which I had read about and was determined to see. It was a trek of a day, travelling between many many little towns (which really showed how the inhabitants really live) up and down into hills (didn’t help my headache), but I loved it. I consider myself quite fit, but walking to the top of that hill so I could look down on the remains of the ancient city, did take the puff out of my lungs!

Ancient Kameiros was possibly destroyed by a large earthquake in 142BC

I loved so much about the island of Rhodes – the view from my balcony of the sea beating down on rocks, the little walk to a rocky outcrop for some “rock-climbing”, to the ancient and slightly newer sites, the food and the quietness of being off season. I’m so glad that I’d already set my heart on visiting more Greek islands and my fingers are crossed that Crete can live up to the memories of Rhodes.

The lowest point on the Western coast - Monolithos and a sheer drop!

I’ll be in another all inclusive hotel, just outside of a little town which apparently has a nice harbour (Rhodes Town harbour) where I can perhaps try and eat an authentic little Greek meal because AI isn’t always that great. I don’t need a beach that’s swimmable, but one that has character and something unique about it – picturesque – is important. Funky chairs in the bar area is always fun and the sites of Knossos, Phaestos and Gortys could easily rival Lindos and Kameiros. Lastly, Crete has some of the best flora and fauna, I’ve read, so maybe I’ll even persuade the husband to come walk a gorge with me. What’s even better is this year I’ve opted for May – trying to balance the quiet of April with a bit more of the sun from July/August.

Less than four months to go!

~ Persephone M

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Eleven Memories of 2011

I was thinking up ideas for blog entries and from out of nowhere, I decided on Eleven Memories of 2011 and it’s companion blog, Twelve Things To Come – 2012.

Neither list is supposed to be all good or all bad. I’m aiming for a mixture. I could have opted for 11 things to be thankful for this year, or 12 things to look forward to, 11 things I wish hadn’t happened or 12 things I hope won’t happen! Instead, this is just a list of memories to remind me of the year.

  1. I created this blog purely for poetry, it soon evolved into the collection it now is. Thank you for everyone who has ever read any entry, made a comment or follow it. 🙂
  2. Finally, I went to Rome and saw everything I’ve spent years wanting to visit there.
  3. I fell in love with a digital SLR that I bought. I’m quite addicted to it.
  4. After buying my husband a telescope for Christmas in 2010, 2011 saw me seeing Jupiter, its spot and its moons. Wow.
  5. I bought a new house! And it took me two months to get it ready for renting!
  6. About April/May my husband learnt he was going to be made redundant in August. I spent a few months incredibly worried until he started a new job in July and he much prefers the new one!
  7. A television show that I would never normally watch introduced me to the amazing book series A Song of Ice and Fire.  I fell in love with the world created.
  8. A three year old projectile vomited on me and I didn’t panic. Or vomit myself.
  9. I visited a gym for the first time ever and jogged for 15 minutes straight which is a personal first. It didn’t become a regular occurrence.
  10. For the first time, I attempted to grow my own veg at home. It wasn’t a total success, but I am willing to try it again!
  11. I was lucky enough to visit Rhodes just before Easter and saw the amazing decorations in the old city, something not many tourists get to see. It was stunning!

How about you? Can you find 11 significant things from 2011?

What about 12 things to expect of 2012?

Happy New Year!

~ Persephone M

International Me!

I have stood in the sun of faraway Pharaohs,
And dined upon their fish, walked into their graves.

 I have watched the bloodiest of deathly battles,
And seen the Gladiator fall upon his love.

 I have stood on the summit where wisdom beats water,
And saw my childhood dreams play out in the stars.

I often become lost in my own roads – of old and future,
And hobbled on cobbles back to this mind.

 I have ascended as high as middle aged man,
And looked out across my assumed dominion.

 I have slept on sand, partied by pools, and read a lot,
And have wished to simply travel – my runner up dream.

 I have tottered up some Champs, shopping bags in tow,
Yet the tower of E remains unclimbed for now.

 I have visited the homes of today’s worshipped Gods,
And seen the secrets inside a Mouse’s house.

I have gambled through the dark day inside a lit up tomb,
Only to have stripped in the blazing light of night.

 I have been there for you always in an Empire State of mind,
And seen the beauty of concrete, the horrors of mankind.

 I have many more to go, on my dream wish list,
Are there any you can think of, any that I have missed?

© Persephone M 18th November 2011