Lindos

September 9, 2013

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Hello! Today it’s really rainy and gloomy in London but you can see how hot it was in Greece! I spent a week in Rhodes with my good friend Philly and we had amazing sunshine every day. I got back last week but have been recovering from food poisoning, hence the delay in posts! These photos are taken in Lindos, a picturesque town on the south east coast of the island. Philly and I travelled to Lindos via boat which was a 4 hour round trip from the village where we stayed in the north west.


Lindos is notable for the huge Acropolis which sits at the top of the mountain above the modern village. I’d normally consider myself more interested in science than anything else, but my week in Rhodes has sparked a nascent interest in history. It was fantastic wandering around the ruins and looking for traces of the people who had built them. My favourite bit was a huge discarded slab which somebody had trodden in whilst the concrete was drying. Seeing a huge footprint in the block somehow enabled my mind to leap back thousands of years and I felt immediately able to imagine the ancient Greeks walking around on the same patches of dirt that we were, moaning about the same heat and looking out at the same sea.


Lindos is also notable for using donkey taxis. Donkeys, like horses, have been domesticated over thousands of years to carry all of our rubbish but donkeys are much smaller than horses and their knees often buckle in old age due to a lifetime of transporting heavy loads. Donkeys are quite independent and if they don’t perceive a threat they won’t do something (unlike horses who can easily be scared into things using noises). I feel very passionately about animal welfare and whilst I enjoyed playing with the donkeys, it was really upsetting to see these poor animals transporting tourists up and down a steep hill in such hot weather. One of the donkey owners told me it’s ok because the donkeys are used to it, which is insane. If you smack somebody in the face every day for a year they’ll get used to it, does that mean that’s ok? It was nice to spend some time bonding with this 1 year old donkey anyway; he kept licking the flowers on my dress.

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8 responses to “Lindos”

  1. Caitlin says:

    Aww, SO sorry about the food poisoning!! I can’t imagine how awful that would be. And I’m with you – I always feel so sorry for animals having to carry our huge loads. Your donkey friend is adorable<3

  2. jessthetics says:

    I love these photos, they’re so picturesque! You look beautiful. And the poor donkeys! Me and mty family used to go to Lindos every year, it’s such a nice part of Greece 🙂 xx
    http://www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

  3. Becca says:

    Wow, Greece looks amazing! I keep seeing gorgeous photos people have taken there recently and it’s making me really want to visit!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

  4. Marlen says:

    this is why i wish i lived in europe- all these amazing places just hours away from you! why did my parents ever leave the motherland -__- (poland, in our case). these photos were gorgeous- i was totally eating them up. all those white boxed houses on the hills! and i’m sorry you got food poisoning- that’s never a fun thing 🙁

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  5. […] days later Philly and I visited Rhodes and stumbled across the exact same arches drenched in the later afternoon sun. […]

  6. […] you to Philly for all the photos of me in this post (and my last two Rhodes posts here and here) and for being such an awesome travel companion! You can read her blog here, and follow mine on […]

  7. Grazziella says:

    that’s fun, my best friend’s name is Laila 🙂 Nice photos !! lovely blog hun

    Bisous from FRANCE

    Faceitwiththesmile.blogspot.fr

  8. […] I felt a lot happier about the situation. Last year on holiday I spoke about my distress at donkeys and camels being used as a tourist attraction (aside: I need some new shorts…), but having […]

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