Rhodes Greece, The Road Back To My Heritage

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I look up at the clear, blue, eternal sky.  It joins hands with two endless, royal blue Seas.

I close my eyes and feel a surreal warmth come over me; inhale intoxicating scents of chamomile and mint coming from the mountains.  Subtle waves crash into the beaches from top to bottom, feeding the land with history, passion and millions of tales.  I can feel 4000 years of history emanating around me and penetrating my core.

I’m speechless, swept up, emotional. The island is my soul-mate. I have returned. I kiss the tarmac. My passport may say “Canadian” but my heart and soul says Rhodian — and here I am, where all things lead to Rhodes Greece. I have arrived.



First time visitors to Rodos always start planning their next visit minutes after landing.  In fact, Rodos captivates everyone immediately thanks to its countless beaches, rich history, passionate people and of course quality food.  This island has something for everyone and that’s the true appeal.


For me, it’s strikes a personal chord.  My mother is from Rodos and seeing that I’m closest with her, I consider myself to be almost one with this place.  It grips me in every way. Powerful emotions rush through every time I touch down here and every time I even think about it.   I can’t explain it, really.

Toronto-born, Greek-raised, Rodos-inspired.


Golden Blue Coastline

I’m not going to go into the entire history, myths and of course natural beauty that dominates this island paradise.  I’m also not going to talk about important roles it has played throughout time.  You can all look that up if you like and believe me, it’s worth taking a look.


Rodos has something for everyone and taking a drive around the entire island is an experience that will make you feel as if you’re sitting next to the Creator. The Valley of the Butterflies is magical as is the contrast between Old City charm and New City modernity. The UN has deemed Rodos to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  And what about Cleopatra’s extreme love for Rodos.  What did she do to replicate it in Egypt?  A factoid worth knowing.


A Grand Entrance!
Medieval avenue

What I really wanted to share with you was my deep, unexplainable connection to one of this planets’ most beautiful places.  We all have one place that completely mystifies us with the power it holds over us.  It’s created by a special event, a special person.  It’s a spark that lasts forever.  In my case, it’s a blood line.


It appears that I have a Rodos gene. No complaints.

Photo credit: Top photo only: Britannica. All others I took myself.


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