Travels to a Different Time: June 21, 1970, Letter Home from Rhodes

From Robert to brother Andrew; Dear Andy: Yesterday we returned from our trip to Lindos. We all went there on a motorcycle! Yes I had to coax Mom to ride one. They broke down a few times and ran out of gas. We saw the Acropolis at Lindos and swam at a great beach there and ate sweet watermelon and the juiciest oranges. It is very funny that Mom simply puts the watermelon in the ocean for a bit to cool it down. It is so hot here! Having a good time here. I am hoping to buy a speargun here as a friend I made taught me how to use it. Robert

From Margaret Mary Stephen to son Andrew: Dearest Andrew: I wonder if there has been another mail strike in Montreal. I would like to hear from you so use the blue airmail forms. Rhodes is beautiful and it is very hot during the day but you need a light sweater when the sun sets- and a heavy wool blanket at night. The food is wonderful with fruit, veggies and cheese being plentiful. Robert is good company and complains about nothing other than being hungry all the time! He really misses his big Canadian breakfasts. I am very tanned without even trying. You can burn in the sun so easily here and I have a big scab on my knee from the moped spill. It was a terrifying 36-mile trip to Lindos. I just about had a heart attack when a car passed me. The ruins caused me to think how ancient Greece is. It is such a different life here. I almost can’t believe what I have seen in this country. It is so clean and the people are lovely. We have been invited to West Berlin by a 38-year-old German doctor we met on the ship from Athens to Rhodes. We also got an invitation to go to South Africa from a couple we met on the ship. One meets so many people here from all over the world. I miss you very much and it would nice if you could be here with us. Please write me today. Love Mom

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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