We come to Kenya to realize a longstanding wish: see the free-ranging wild things of East Africa before that dream dematerializes. We want to fill our eyes with the fabulous creatures elsewhere confined to zoos and documentaries, foremost Africa’s fabled Big Five — the elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion — but also others on our private Top 10: the giraffe, hippo, zebra, gazelle and, especially, the cheetah. To ensure such sightings, we book a 12-day safari with a top-rated operator, Abercrombie & Kent, which since 1962 has pioneered game tours in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania.
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.
Another breaded sardine leaps off the brightly patterned ceramic plate, destined for the floor. Though it’s the second one (so far), two women seated well within range at the next table pretend not to notice, and the waiter — in the act of replacing the depleted bread basket — politely looks away.