Travels to a Different Time: June 22,1970 Letter to My Nanny Stephen

From Robert to Nanny Stephen: Dear Nan: I am now in the country of Greece on the island of Rhodes staying in the city of Rhodos. So far in Greece we have met many people including a couple from South Africa named Jenny and Charlie Horse. Jenny is a doctor. We also met another doctor Heidi from West Berlin. We have invitations to visit both. Well today Heidi and I went to the market to buy some fruit. We went to both the Old Market and the New Market. The Old Market is inside the city walls and the New Market is outside the city walls. We bought cucumber, tomatoes, ham, cheese and buns. We had a lunch with Heidi, and the South Africans on our hotel balcony. Then we had a siesta and in the late afternoon I was anxious to visit the beach to try my new speargun I bought at the market.

P.S. I had a lousy plane trip with a rotten crying baby hollering for most of the trip. He wet his pants and screamed almost the entire ten hours. He then spilt a soft drink over my pants. I will never forget that trip! Both Mom and I were exhausted upon arriving at our Hotel Omiros in Athens. We went out for dinner and got lost. After three days in Athens we took a ship to where we are now.

From Margaret Mary Stephen to Nanny Stephen: This island is a heavenly place. It is so clean and the Greeks are kind and pleasant. The fruits and vegetables are incredible here. Such a tasty tomato I have never had! We have such juicy oranges and the sweetest watermelon in our room.

On Monday we go to the island of Symi which is a two-hour boat trip from here and we plan to stay a week there then go to Crete after that for a week then we might go back to Athens then go to Spain. The weather in Rhodes is very hot during the day but in the evening with a breeze off the ocean you need a sweater.

The sea here is many shades of blue and green. We are discovering this fabulous island and Robert and I are brown and heathy. Everything here is for the tourists. It is their living. One can live in a hotel here and eat for less than $5 a day. We are now heading for a swim before breakfast. We buy fresh rolls from a runny nosed baker down the street from our hotel. The bread is warm and we have it with oranges, cheese and ham or salami . The Greek traditional breakfast does not impress Robert as he likes his bacon, eggs toast and jam and here it seems to be bread, coffee and occasionally a cheese called Feta. But here Robert can have some ham with his breakfast along with such sweet oranges he is making the transition from the Canadian breakfast! Love Mum.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. 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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