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Rhodes, Greece

A good day to wander off the ship and get lost.

sunny 32 °C

Today started out a bit slower. I enjoyed a peaceful breakfast before Roger finally rolled out of bed and we ended up going ashore and leaving Tracy sleeping. The port at Rhodes is right by the old town. There was one other ship before us and by mid day there were five ships in port. Many people took tours or went to beaches. We walked across into the old town and Roger enjoyed an espresso and we got free Internet. We watched the town slowly come to life as hoards of tourists funneled through the gates. We checked back just before 10:30 and Tracy was still passed out so we went exploring, up one lane and down another. Rhodes is very different from Mykonos, more rustic and many places in terrible disrepair. Things are not the same box shape and the buildings are not all whitewashed. The town has been taken over by so many groups it has a huge mix of cultures represented. First Roman and Byzantine, conquered by the Knights of St. John, followed by Italians and Ottomans.
We came upon a grandmother sitting outside her place with her brand new little granddaughter, she was very proud to show her off. Further on we followed a tunnel that led to the moat and we wandered along there. We then followed a dog through another smaller tunnel and ended up...well inside somewhere. We continued on and eventually came to the moat again with a field of cannon balls of various sizes. Up a set of stairs we again entered the old town and began to make our way down towards the more touristy area. We saw a cool WWII vintage motorcycle with the rifle holster, saddlebags, and all as well as various other unusual vehicles.
The dog left us at this point and we began to see little shops including one selling doughnuts through her front window. We came to a little shop that caught my eye. The lady who owned it came from Paris and was selling hand crafted glass jewelry and olive woodcarvings.
We crossed paths with Joyce who was looking at the leather products and Doris who was checking out some textiles. We stopped at the wifi cafe and Roger ordered a big beer and I had a glass of wine. The beer glass was at least a foot tall and shaped like a naked women's torso. There must have been a litre of beer in there. Needless to say Roger drank it and was pretty useless the rest of the day.
Back on board we found Tracy at the trivia where she and a couple from Wales had won the game. We met up with Charlotte for a game of scrabble and 'Are you smarter than an activity director'. Tracy took the scrabble game and then she and Roger left for their dance rehearsal and my team of Len and Millie from our Ephesus tour and Marylou from the cruise critic group took the trivia. We nailed it with 26 out of 27. Jonathan and Mel of the activity staff got only 11 and the other teams were just behind us.
Tonight's dinner was great, Paolo had another trick for us and Adrian gave Tracy a pin of Peru's flag. Tonight will be some dance a game of cards and a good sleep.
We had not realized that Charlotte's husband is on the ship as well. He works in the Blu restaurant. They don't see much of each other, as their hours don't mesh too well.

Posted by Mari Anne 08:04 Archived in Greece Tagged greece moat rustic rhodes

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