RHODES – GREECE

On our arrival to Turkey in 2005 I did what almost all Brits do here, bought a 125cc scooter to get around on,  ”Little Red,” scooters are fine for town shopping but out on the mountain strewn highways of Turkey the scooters are just too under-powered and the little wheels just can’t cope with the potholes. ”Little Red” was sold very quickly and ”Big Blue” was bought at the end of 2005.

Only a Cheap Chinese 250cc, but back in 2005 it was the biggest bike I could find in any showroom for miles around. We didn’t get digital cameras until 2006, so not a lot of photos prior to then, anyway here is one of our many trips over to the island of Rhodes in Greece.

We rode the hour and a half to Marmaris on what was then brand new highways.

In the summer months a high-speed Hydrofoil operates between Marmaris in Turkey to Rhodes island in Greece, the boat trip was about 80 to 90 minutes.

The port of Rhodes is dominated by a huge castle and fortifications about 1.5 miles long, built in part by the Crusaders, a lot of restoration work on the castle was ordered by Musolini when the island fell to the Italians/Germans during WW2.

There are a number of entrances along the castles length, once inside it becomes a maze of cafes and shops.

The large cruise ships disgorge literally thousands of American tourists daily, it gets very crowded here in summer.

Turn down any narrow ally way and you can find a courtyard and water fountain.

Back in the crowds and explore further.

The place abounds with some nice architectural detail.

Yet another courtyard opens to reveal a Knights palace.

Those of you who have seen the film ”Guns of Navarone” will recognise the harbour around Rhodes.

Interestingly this is where the giant bronze statue of Colossus stood in 280 BC , over 100 feet tall, ships passed under the statue to enter/exit the harbour. The giant statue only stood for a little over 50 years before toppling over during an earthquake, however the statue was still so impressive that it was left in its fallen position for over 800 years before being sold for scrap.

A quick climb about on the harbour battlements then we caught the boat back to Turkey with a fresh 90 day visa stamp, I usually use the 80 minute crossing for a little nap.

Once back in Turkey, we head home.

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~ by travelswithmymotorbike on June 18, 2006.

16 Responses to “RHODES – GREECE”

  1. What a stunning place, a photographers dream!!!

    • Hi Stan,

      Yes a really beautiful old place…..A proper photographer like Bob and Mad Dog would love it there!!

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  2. What an interesting place, one normally just thinks of Athens when you think about Greece. I remember the film, starring David Niven, good post I learned something

    • Hi James,

      Yes its an interesting place to visit should you ever find yourself on holiday in this part of the World.

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  3. Dave:

    I see Linda’s back . . . who was that “other” person again ?

    Very photogenic place. You do have an eye for beauty. Who was that “other” person again ? With no digital camera back then I think it’s a pain to have to scan them all. Who was that “other” person again ? I have a scanner but it just seems such a nuisance and a bother to scan. Who Was that “other” person again ? I’m glad you took the time to show us what it was like. Who was that “other” person again ?

    When you get a chance, can you please let us know who that “other” person was ?

    thanks

    bob
    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

    • Hi Bob,

      I spent many, many hours scanning old photos in to the computer to store online, results were mixed really, all required colour adjustment and sharpening after.

      The other person???…Sorry Bob I should have said, the other person playing next to David Niven in the film ”Guns of Navarone” was Anthony Quinn lol

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  4. The other person was Anthony Quinn LOL……shame they dont rebuild that giant statue would be a mega tourist attraction.

  5. nice pics interesting island!!

    • Hi Rob,

      Yes the ancient port is something, then 20 minutes away on the other side of the island is the infamous Faliraki, two different Worlds ın the same place lol.

      Cheers,

      Dave…..

  6. Dave:

    I think you are throwing around that 20 minute word carelessly. Do you mean 20 minutes by car, or 20 minutes by Transalp, or 20 minutes by walking in your Pink Crocs ?

    just wanted clarification

    bob
    Wet Coast Scootin

    • LOL….sorry should have been clear….20 mins by car…….15 mins by Transalp(Can cut through traffic)…….12 hours walking in normal shoes but obviously in pink Crocs you could walk it in 5 minutes!!

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  7. I went to Rhodes from Athens for the first (and only) visit in a Dakota aircraft sometime in the early 60s! (so my Mum tells me). Apparently there was a big mountain on the landing approach but we must have missed it because I’m writing this now… I’d like to revisit and go to Symi too.

    Is there anything wrong with a cheap Chinese 250? I’m tempted! I want to keep a bike in Greece and I guess the tax system will dictate small is better!

    TTFN,N&MrsN

    • Hi Nikos,

      Cheap Chinese 250cc…………

      Advantages:

      Very cheap to buy
      Very cheap to run, road tax, insurance, MPG
      Very simple engines, if you change the oil and filters regularly they are very reliable
      No electronics or fancy gizmos
      Spare parts very cheap
      Very simple to fix, and can be fixed anywhere with a rock and sticky tape
      They are very un-cool and low value, much less likely to be stolen than something Japanese or German parked next to it

      Disadvantages:

      Paint very thin, you need a layer of wax polish on regularly then its OK
      Chrome very thin
      Electrics are made at the same factory as Christmas lights, but easily fixed
      Your biker friends will laugh at you…until you tell them what you paid and how low the running costs are, then they shut up!!

      Hope this helps, if you need any more info just ask, I’ve owned 5 China bikes/scooters so far……

      Cheers,

      Dave…..

  8. Dave

    Thanks!

    Had a quick look on the web and Chinese bikes seem to be rare in England but worth pursuing for Greece..

    As I don’t have any biker friends there’s no worries on that front !! P.S Mrs N wants a Royal Enfield because the model is named after her….

    N

    • Hi Royal Nikos,

      If there was I bike called the ”Dave” I would have to buy it too lol…

      Cheers,

      Dave….

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