The second largest island behind Crete, Rhodes was the home to the Colossus, a figure which stood watch over the harbor to Rhodes. One of the wonders of the ancient world, it was toppled and stripped of its bronze by the invading armies. Now, two deer, modern symbols of Rhodes, stand atop its columns.
I woke up early today and had some time (and the internet) to catch up on a few things. After breakfasts, we wandered down onto the docks. Since nothing was open, we grabbed a tour guide and he took us around to the various sights.
We stopped on the side of Monte Smith and could see both parts of the city, the old and the new. On one side, the Aegean Sea, its beaches rocky, its waters rough, and full of sea life. On the other, the Mediterranean Sea, with its sandy beaches, calm warm waters and tons of tourists. Our guide told us that the hotels on the island shut down at the end of November because the tourist trade drops to nothing. Today there is just us and the Norwegian Spirit
We saw the temples of Aphrodite and Apollo, along with the Church of Panagia, the Acropolis of Lindos, and a Hellenistic stadium. We visited an amphitheater and the Mandraki Harbor, where the great Colossus once stood. It was quite the tour and it was nice that it was just us and the driver. We finally wound our way back to the Old Town and parted ways.
Then we started to discover all the ruins that make up the old town center. And, of course, the kitties. Lots and lots of them. They wandered the streets begging pets and treats for anyone inclined to share. We didn’t have any food, but we did get our pets in.
We made a few purchases, got into a fight with a formidable woman over the restroom. Entrance fee was .50, so I put in $1 for both of us. Oh, no, it was one person a coin – no change. There was no toilet set, no paper, and no water. Then she was pissed because we didn’t tip her. Yeah, not so much.
We finally dragged ourselves back to the ship after what seemed like several hours of walking, just in time for lunch. The ship was totally emptied. Twice, I suggested that it was warm enough to swim, but my suggestion fell upon deaf ears. Instead TBG was more intent upon food and a nap, which we took care of in short order.
I worked on the computer and fought a feeling on homesickness, a usual occurrence at least once on a trip. To combat that, I sat out in the sunshine and quilted. I have one pillow appliqued and am about half finished on the other. I suspect I will be quilting on the way home.
Dinner was a casual thing after such an elegant evening the night before. TBG started with two dips, one hummus and the other onion jam, then a Caesar, since Lazlo was making the dressing fresh and he followed it with Chicken Kiev. I had a shrimp cocktail, the Caesar and a R’Anni Chicken, very Moroccan and it was served with purple yam nan. It was very tasty. A note here to myself – remember to ask for a mild Blood Mary the next time… Dessert was a Burnt Rhubarb Napoleon. I passed.
We came back to the cabin and watched a couple episodes of Grace and Favour, a sequel of a sort to Are You Being Served? Mr. Grace has passed on and the staff discover that their pension has been used to buy an old Tudor Manor House. They decide to run it as a hotel and make it self -sufficient by running the farm. It has the same actors from the first series (Mrs. Slocomb, Miss Brahms, Mr. Humphreys and Captain Peacock, along with Mr. Rumbold. It’s very silly and we enjoy it. It was a nice evening, all in all.
On to Santorini