>> Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – Greek island living, quiet Greek islands, Siberian cold, Snow on Rhodes, Weather on Symi in January
|A first glimpse of the mountain, from a field near Kamiros Skala.|
|Heading inland towards the village of Kritinia from Kamiros Skala.|
|No, it is not the Alps! Attaviros, the highest peak on Rhodes.|
|Bottleneck at the turn off to the mountain road.|
|Those who had successfully made it to the top were flaunting snow men on their bonnets as trophies for the trip back down.|
|Suddenly we popped out into the forest reserve with woods on both sides. There were a lot of frozen-looking goats but my attempts at photographing them from a moving vehicle were unsuccessful.|
|Then we started to climb again. By now it was a dirt road with lots of slush and mud everywhere.|
|Looking down in the gathering dusk.|
|Some of the wind turbines on the top of Attaviros.|
|It is not often that there is such sustained snow on Rhodes and kids of all ages were out there, enjoying this novel experience.|
We arrived in Rhodes at midday, checked into the Best Western Plaza and then drove down to Kamiros Skala, the small port that serves Halki, for lunch, before heading up into the mountains on our search for snow. As you can see, there was quite a lot of it!
More snow fell on Rhodes on Sunday night and on Monday the authorities closed the access road, possibly because they were still digging out Smart cars and other unsuitable vehicles from the mountain top!
Monday morning was free for our business and we then caught the Blue Star again at 4 p.m, arriving back in Symi just after 5 p.m. We hope that the Blue Star keeps this up through the summer as we have not had an afternoon connection from Rhodes to Symi on a Monday for many years and it will be a big boost to tourism in the area.
The weather has warmed up very slightly with steady rain all day. The forecast for the rest of the week alternates rain with dry spells and some fairly lowly temperatures, albeit getting up into double digits during the day.
Have a good week.