February means a great deal to all of us at Global Traveler, as this was the month we launched the first issue in 2004. At that time, a lot of doubting Thomases wondered whether GT would be just another publication passing in the night or a great success (as we always knew it would be).
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.
This issue marks the start of our ninth year publishing Global Traveler, so I was delighted to learn recently that, in Chinese, the word for “nine” is a homophone for the word for “long-lasting.” How appropriate! Long-lasting applies to Global Traveler in so many ways. We’re still going strong, even in an environment of economic uncertainty. While our staff has grown by leaps and bounds since our February 2004 debut, our original team is still intact (and ever-grateful for the talented professionals who have joined our ranks through the years).