When Lee Ehnqvist lets her three children taste her handcrafted cupcakes, she isn’t just an indulgent mother. As one of the bakers at Mormor, a boutique cupcake shop in downtown Helsinki, Ehnqvist is also studying their faces while they eat to see if the kids are enjoying both the flavor and the colorful design on top.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Our first inkling this would not be just another noisy, fumy ride on a snowmobile was on the way up to the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, when the Super Jeep ahead of us stalled in knee-deep snow. The second clue came at base camp, where we signed the customary liability waivers and spent half an hour gearing up in boots, coveralls, balaclavas, helmets and insulated gloves. Members of our group took turns snapping photos of each other in our spacesuit getups — goofy, sure, but totally appropriate given the otherworldly nature of the terrain we were about to cover.