I found the sun in Pefkos Rhodes!

I found the sun in Pefkos Rhodes!

IMG_0194     I have been a Rhodes resident for 14years and 13 days (as I write this) an although I didn’t realise it until this week I must have started to take for granted the clear blue skies, azure seas and of course the all important sun, which we have here on the Greek island of Rhodes.

I recently visited, for one week, my home town in the NorthWest of England.  Of course I have been back annually over the past 14 years but never really noticed it until this last trip.  The weather there was cold, 6.5 degrees C, low lying cloud (supposedly caused by dust from North Africa!), drizzle, rain, hailstone and not only that,  I didn’t see blue sky, not one white cloud or the sun in 7 days.  My family and friends reported, “it was nice last week!”   Yeah, right!

For my return I took a night flight from Manchester with Aegean Airlines via Athens, arriving in Rhodes at 6am in the morning.  A 50minute taxi ride later and I was at home to see the sun rising over the sea.  Two hours later I was blinded by the brightness of the sunshine.  One week away and I had forgotten at just how bright the sun can shine and how good a a good warm dose of vitamin D on you face can make you feel. Its a scientific fact that as humans we spend less time in the sun than at any other time in human history, which is why up to 1 billion people are vitamin D deficient.  Sunlight is the best and only natural source of vitamin D. Get your D from sunshine and your body takes only what it needs.

Rhodes has on average 9 hours sunshine per day in April and May.  With cheap and easy flights available come and dose yourselves up……book a short stay now….

We are waiting for you!



  1. Daffy - April 13, 2014 10:30 am

    What a great write up! We do take some things for granted indeed. Over 300 days of sunshine last 12 months! Wow!

    • Janette Heap-Koliai - April 13, 2014 11:38 am

      Thanks for the compliment Daffy…Happy Easter to you and your family….

  2. Don Heap - May 14, 2014 3:09 pm

    On your trip home you were lucky having such wonderful weather, as your dad will tell you when he and I were little, a cloud of smog hung over the town often blocking out the sun, when you went on the Oldham Edge a second cloud of smog could be seen hanging over Manchester. The nearest to Sahara Sand we got was when the wind blew South from Rochdale it brought with it a cloud of grey dust from Turner’s Asbestos ( when we used to go to the Hornets ground we used to make “snowballs” from the grey damp dust on house window sills and throw them at each other). If you lived around Hathershaw/ Bardsley you got some horrible pongs coming from Clayton Analine whose factory was the other side of Crime Lake. Lace curtains used to rot as they hung in windows. Locals used to reckon If you got a sun tan you could never be sure if it was the sun which had caused your skin to change colour or was it caused by another escape of chemicals from ICI at Blackley. I can remember on several occasions the paint on cars changing colour due to an escape of chemicals in the air attacking the base pigments in a cars paint work. I often wondered if this was the reason why Aunt Ethel always wore gloves when she was outside. Don

    • Janette Heap-Koliai - May 14, 2014 3:56 pm

      Thanks for those comments Don, really cheered me up! I would like to point out to anyone who has never been to the Oldham area that the only thing that blocks the sunshine in Oldham now are rain clouds. How I appreciate my life here in Rhodes all the more! See you in a couple of weeks time! Yamas!


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