Sometimes the best things in life are those that aren’t planned. Spontaneity isn’t one of my strong suits, but after the transition I had to the new apartment in Tel Aviv, I really needed to get away from the city for a little while. Lucky for me, the Jewish High Holidays quickly arrived giving both Stephane and me some much needed time off of work. For the last four years I have talked about wanting to go to Greece, or one of the Greek Isles, and one night Stephane and I decided to open an Israeli application that gives discounted plane tickets to last minute travelers, saw a great round trip deal to Rhodes, booked the ticket, booked the hotel, and two days later we were at the airport ready to go!
We landed in beautiful Rhodes after a very quick hour and 45 minute flight. I’m not the best frequent flyer, but I barely had time to get nervous before we found ourselves back on the ground. We walked off the plane to a cool, Greek breeze, manged to get our luggage after a few power outages froze the conveyor belt that delivered our suitcases, quickly figured out how to navigate the bus system, and then found ourselves on public transportation headed right into Rhodos City (the main city on Rhodes Island). Unfortunately, our first bus driver didn’t quite understand where we needed to go, so when Stephane tried to explain our hotel and destination, some things got lost in translation and we found ourselves off the bus 10 kilometers outside of the city we needed to be in. Thankfully we found a very nice man who spoke decent English who pointed us in the right direction. After a few minutes wait we were back on another bus headed for the terminal in Rhodos. The drive to the hotel was astounding. It was dusk, Rosh Hashanah had just begun, and we were taking a scenic ride on the coast of the island.
When we arrived at the Rhodos terminal it was a quick 5 minute walk to the Best Western Plaza hotel. I had picked this hotel based on Trip Advisor recommendations, and I’ve never been more happy that I spent enough time doing research to pick a great place. We were smack in the center of Rhodos city; a quick 2 minute walk to the beach, and a 5 minute walk to the ancient old city. We were central but on a very quiet street, and the room was perfection. The biggest surprise was the fact that we had a gigantic balcony overlooking the pool all to ourselves! And, despite the notorious fact that Greece has horrible internet, we had high speed WiFi in our room (it didn’t work all the time but it was good enough)!
The First Meal
After a much needed hot shower, and some serious unpacking, we dressed for dinner and decided to explore the town a bit. Stephane asked the concierge for an “authentic Greek” restaurant recommendation, and then we were off to a little pedestrian village a block and a half away from our hotel.
We found ourselves in an adorable European village filled with restaurants, Greek music, and the sounds of tourists galore, and by the time we found our first restaurant we were VERY ready to eat dinner. A whole day of travel on a few crackers and tuna leaves one very, very starving. The atmosphere in the restaurant was perfect for our first night in Greece; the smell of delicious food, Greek music entertaining the diners, and waiters and waitresses doing everything that they could to make the ambiance very… Greek!
After much deliberation Stephane settled on a delicious plate of lamb chops, and I opted for a Greek seafood pasta. It’s not often that Stephane is ok with me eating shrimp, but for our vacation he made an exception because he wanted me to enjoy every minute of our trip! We both thoroughly enjoyed every bite of our first Greek dinner, and because we had to wait a bit longer for our food we were given a free dessert! After being in Israel for so long I almost forgot what that kind of customer service is like 🙂
After our meal we were so stuffed, and exhausted, we didn’t have much energy to do much more exploring. We took some cute photos outside the restaurant, walked a little bit more around the pedestrian village, and then headed back to the hotel to get a good night sleep. We wanted to be refreshed for our first full day in Greece, after all!
Stay tuned for day 2 coming soon! I love you and miss you every second of every day friend.
Until we meet again <3,