I am spending a lot of time sorting out my mother's estate as well as doing bits and pieces of work. I haven't written here because I want to do a good job of sharing my travels and my life - that's the reason I write the blog, really. No point in writing up some scrappy post is there? Or that is what I have been telling myself. .
But I've been to Greece, I have a packed diary and a trip to Germany coming up. So I'm going to post .. well ... SOMETHING.about wonderful Rhodes.
There are all kinds of things to write about Rhodes, and I will do more than one post on it. But I'll just say for now that it's been under the control of Turks and Italians, it has some fascinating history. and - to me - even more fascinating architecture. This is the government offices, but it looks distinctly like Venice, doesn't it? (And, English readers - just check out that Belisha beacon!)
Its old town is very Middle Eastern in feeling, though whereas the streets of Beirut, Damascus (as it was before the war, of course) or Istanbul would be busy and full of people of an evening, the touristy bits of Rhodes Old Town off-season were strangely quiet and deserted.
To be honest, I didn't warm to the very historic bit, because it was so carefully preserved as to be pretty lifeless. Luckily, when you got into the back ends of the old town, there was lots of normal Greek life going on. Here are some kids having a whale of a time in a ruined temple with their toy guns - it was a completely fabulous place to play and I was almost jealous of them being little and being able to roam all over this place that lookedl like an Indiana Jones set.
As you would expect, there is so much fine scenery off the beaten track.
And we saw countless spring flowers.
We went with a very good company called Walking Rhodes - and it is a trip I paid for, so it was genuine holiday, not commissioned, (although I will write something about it and hope to place it in some publication.. When I get time.)
When I get time. When I get time to sort out - or even look at my photos. When I get time to look at the journal I kept. When I get time to write up the German story, which IS commissioned. When I get time to do my paperwork, deal with the house sale, celebrate birthdays and see friends even maybe do a spot of housework... And I should really change that wintry header picture too, now. Even read a book or watch some television.
Am I getting lazier? I know I am getting older, but still not quite sure why I'm not on top of it all. I used to be the wizard of multi tasking. I suspect some of the reason is that I am still having other problems which are not yet sorted, too, and which I don't really want to share on this blog. And maybe I really am just a bit lazier than I was...
Well, never mind. I'll write another post about Rhodes soon.. Later. I'll do it later. What's that in Greek?. (Google Translate says it's Θα το κάνω αργότερα. Apologies to Greek speaking readers if that is wrong! )