The welcome is as warm as ever in Rhodes

Fears of imminent economic collapse put many holidaymakers off going to Greece this summer but Gail Bell found sunshine, friendliness and tourism in full working order on her recent trip to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes

The picturesque Lindos Beach
IT IS a blisteringly hot afternoon somewhere on a dusty highway between Rhodes airport and Kolymbia and the scenes rolling past the window are not exactly the type to make you whip out your camera. So far we have passed ugly, abandoned new-builds, ugly, abandoned old-builds and ugly, abandoned cars of indeterminate age casually left to rust in fields and roadsides. It is not an attractive first impression and is all the more jarring when set against a sublime blue sky and dazzling sunshine which seem to mock promises of a different Greece: picture-postcard islands full of white-washed ta[...]

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