Exploring the West coast of Rhodes
21.07.2009 - 21.07.2009 40 °C
After morning tea, a cereal breakfast and wash and shave it was time to hit the road (mid day). Today we decided to explore the West coast up from Monolithos. To get to the cross island road we had to go south and the last time we did that we got lost, but not this time. After going through the villages of Monolithos and Siana , we were in new territory.
According to the guide book Skala Kameriou is “a pleasant place to relax” so we made a beeline to this fishing village for our lunch. Just outside we spotted Kritinia castle, which we thought we would visit after lunch. The place we decided to eat was right by the sea with good views, but I don’t think that justified the prices for their fish. Lobster €75 a kilo and other fish around €55 a kilo. I decided I’d have a pork chop with chips for 7 and Sue had tuna salad for 5.50 We thought we would have some desert too but after the garlic bread they gave and the lunch we were too full. Both Sue and I needed the bathroom before we set off again and inside the restaurant there were a number of urns, which must have been lost with ship, wrecks and brought up from the depths by the fishermen in their nets. Oh another point. The toilets were the only ones we had come across with seats apart from where were staying.
We then walked along the quay to where the fishing boats were. I spotted a fishing boat where the crew were working on the nets and the captain was sleeping in the wheelhouse with his feet out of the window. A real Kodak moment but I think he heard us giggle and realised and next we knew he had his feet back in. There was also an elderly chap fishing and as we were there, caught a keeper. Also whilst he was fishing an even bigger one jumped out of the water after the tiddlers that were attracted to his bait.
It was now time to leave and make our way to the castle we had seen on the way in. It was not far but on the way we were flagged down by an old lady who gave us a piece of paper explaining that she sells drinks and fruit to visitors as she does not get paid for keeping the castle ruins clean. Hmmmm sounds familiar to the person who was supposed to be collecting money for parking outside Bristol Zoo for 20 years when in fact he had nothing to do with the Zoo. Anyway we paid €3 for 2 cans and they were very welcome too when we got up into the ruins. It seems that the Crusader Knights who built these castles always wanted to build them high up, never somewhere low like by a beach. Anyway the views were good and Valentino tried out his singing voice again.
As we started to flag with the heat we decided it was time to move on to the next port of call, Ancient Kameiros a once thriving Doric city, which included a 6 century BC temple. This place reminded us of Pasteum in Italy as the houses seemed so small, most just 1 room. But Pasteum was definitely more impressive. Here we saw the biggest lizards that we had seen in the wild, but they were too quick to photograph. After exploring and taking more photos we needed the refuge of the car and the air conditioning.
Now we were on to our final destination, Moni Filermou. A large cross on a hill which we spotted illuminated on the way from the airport on our arrival. But first we had to find our way to it. We passed the power station we had spotted a few days earlier and then we entered one village and were surprised when we came out the other end to find the airport! We knew we were near it but didn’t realise there would be a village right by the Arrivals hall! Eventually we found the road we were looking for and made our way to the top of the hill where there was a welcome kiosk selling cold drinks. Whilst having our cokes there were other people there and some locals who were playing backgammon. There were also a lot of peacocks and peahens. We walked along a tree lined path where equally spaced along there was also the Stations of the Cross. Sue was impressed when I started to explain what each of them was then I lost all credibility when I said there were 12 stations but in fact there were 14. I was never a good catholic hahaha. At the end of this path was an 18m (59ft) cross, which you could climb up inside and then go out on the arms to admire the view. There was a sign saying that you went in there at your own risk and after a couple of steps up the metal spiral staircase I knew why. The stairs were creaky and some didn’t seem strong enough to take any weight. But we persevered and made our way up. We could see both the West coast and East coast of Rhodes but could not see the city of Rhodes, as there was a hill in the way. After a short while Sue got a touch of vertigo. Maybe she didn’t trust the Greek/Italian builders of new even though the builders of old (2 thousand years ago) still had buildings standing. We had to wait a while before we could make our way down as there were more people coming up I’m not sure if this made Sue feel worse but eventually we made our way down. When we got out we walked around and I must admit I was surprised that we could see some of the reinforcing bars poking through the sides!!!!
Time to make our way back to Pethkos. We went back down the way we came but when we got to the bottom we re not sure which way to go as we had guessed the way to the bottom of the hill. There were no signs so we guessed again. But it seemed we were heading into Rhodes and even though we would have found our way from there we didn’t want to go that far so Sue suggested we called into a garage for directions. The woman had problems like I do at times pointing with her right hand and saying left hahaha but we understood what she meant. We had missed the turning to go across the island, which must have been back by the airport, but eventually we came to the traffic lights that the garage attendant told us we had to turn right at. Along this road we came a cross a large discount supermarket where we thought we may be able to get some real meat to make a meal but again we were disappointed as the meat didn’t look that special or maybe we just wanted to eat out again. We did buy some ouzo though hehehe Eventually we were across and back on the road we recognised.
After a while we got back to the complex at about 8:30 just as it was getting dark. We showered and got ourselves ready and by 10 we were out for our dinner. We had decided we were going to the Two Brothers Grill, which we had seen the other night for traditional Greek food. I asked Sue if she wanted to drive and she took the challenge. And made the same mistakes I did when I first drove the car. Not enough revs and trying to pull away in 2nd hahaha. We eventually got into the main strip but could find nowhere to park apart from round the back on the road out of Pefkos; luckily there was a path through so we didn’t have to walk back around.
We did a quick comparison of prices before going in to the Two Brothers and thought they were ok. Once sat down with a bottle of water for Sue and large Mythos for me we studied the menu for our Greek delight. Oh!!! Nothing Greek on the menu except Greek Salad!!!! We asked the young waiter and he said they didn’t do Greek, just international. Hmmm maybe tomorrow night we’ll have Greek. Sue chose Chicken fillet with mushrooms rice and oven potatoes and I had the stuffed Chicken fillet stuffed with mushrooms bacon cheese and topped with cheese with the same sides. Mmmmmm both were yummy so we had nothing to complain about really. When the main waiter (one of the uncles of the 2 brothers) asked if everything was ok we said it was even though we wanted Greek food but he said they did do it, it was on a blackboard at the front which we failed to notice and I think the other waiter didn’t know about.
After our meal we asked for the bill and were given thin slices of apple in raspberry syrup and 2 glasses of ouzo (?). Once these had been finished off and the bill paid they closed up, as we were the last customers to leave. We then popped into a supermarket on next to the path to the car and bought our family gifts. Then it was back to the complex for a quick B&C and bed.