Exploring the East coast of Rhodes (Faliraki is not for us)
23.07.2009 - 23.07.2009 40 °C
Today was the last day for our car so we decided to explore the East coast. After a breakfast of cereal and bananas we got ready and drove to Haraki , a place with a castle named Feraklos was used as prison by the templar knights. After a brief photo stop we then moved on to Arch Angelos. We drove around its small streets to find some where to park. I thought it might be a good idea to take a photo of where the car was so if we got lost we could show it and ask for directions. We walked to the church by looking for the bell tower keeping track of which way we went. Unfortunately the church was shut so no more candles for Sue to play with. We found our way back to square we had gone through earlier and had coke sat out side what may have been a Taxi office. Now I don’t think I look Greek but maybe it was the tan and where we were sat but a Greek couple on a motor bike stopped and asked for directions. Which obviously I could not help them with. At this point Sue decided to call me Kostos. We retraced our way back to car. But then tried to find way out of Arch Angelos.
The streets were so narrow and started to look the same. Sue we felt we could not have come through before because they looked too narrow. Some had a mopeds parked in them, some had cars. At one time we ended up in a building site (maybe because there was space there). But unfortunately a lorry transporting concrete blocked our way, or was it we blocked his. With a few pleading looks he relented and reversed to let us past. At one point not all his wheels were on the road as he was leaning over the edge of the hill!!! After going past him and driving round more we realised we could not get out of Arch Angelos that way so had to go back the way we came hoping that the lorry driver didn’t spot us. Again we came to the place where a parked moped seemed to block the road. We squeezed past and found ourselves on the road out of Arc Angelos. Just before we came out of the village we spotted a cemetery there was one mentioned in the guide book for having the graves painted blue and white but I don’t think this was the one. But we still walked around this sad place.
Onto Faliraki which we felt was much like Weston-super-Mare & Blackpool. We drove past the McDonalds, KFC & Pizza Hut. And found a place to park near the beach. Right next door was a Taverna where I had a lunch of mousse and Sue had stifado with a side of onion rings and chips. My moussaka was yummy scrummy and Sue enjoyed her lunch too. We walked up the main shopping road looking for gifts to take back as this was the real tourist place to buy gifts. But after a while the heat got to us and we stopped for a slush puppy.
By now we had had enough. We drove back to Pefkos and stopped in a supermarket on the way for some rolls but they were not fresh enough. In Pefkos we stopped at the bakers we went to before just and got some rolls and cakes. When we got back to the complex we put our swimming stuff on and went to the pool to cool down. Whilst sat by the pool Sue had a thought about the cakes being left out. I went back to rescue them from the “ants” then after a little while longer by the pool we came back and ate the cakes which I had put in the fridge Mmmmmm. Then got ready to take the car back.
After we took the car back and the petrol was checked we were transportless, so now we made our way back to the complex at a slow pace. It wasn’t so hot by this time (8pm) but it was still nice to pop into the shops. Though the 1st place we called into wasn’t a shop it was Fuse cocktail bar, (we had met the owners’ father in Rhodes). Sue had a Mai Tai cocktail (very nice) and I had a large Mythos (very welcome) this was one the 3rd place to give freebies Here we had a bowl of peanuts with our dinks. After our thirst was quenched we called into the T-shirt printing shop next door which made us smile with the various “logos” on them. We then made our way up the Beach road and called into another shop to buy some more gifts for Sarah, Rachel and the rest and then we were on the main road. With feet getting sore already we called into another shop where we saw a towel for Kali-Mae and a purse for Laura but by this time we were out of money. On getting back to the room (10pm) Sue prepared nice ham cheese and tomato rolls (after clearing the ants).