Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beautiful Medieval Rhodes Greece

We woke up to a beautiful day in Greece; sun, a few wispy clouds and it hit about 22°C.  We had arranged for a private tour in a comfortable Mercedes.  Nicholas, our driver and guide, took us into the old city and showed us the sites, then took us to the acropolis of Rhodes and then off to Lindos to see the beautiful St-Paul’s bay and to climb the approximately 280 stairs to the acropolis of Lindos.  The climb was steep and a little close to the precipice at times but the view from the acropolis was amazing and surprisingly, we were alone at the site for the few minutes we were there. 
We were given a quick course on the significance of Greek words and learnt that acropolis, means the "highest part of the city", thus the reason that there is an acropolis in Athens, in Rhodes, in Lindos and probably every other Greek town. I also learnt how to say thank you, pronounced as I understand it, EF-HA-RIS-TOU.  Whether or not that’s the exact pronunciation, I was understood and that was what mattered to me.

We got back to the old town after our tour at around 1:30, so we walked the city of Knights and snapped more pictures. We decided we had to sit down for a Greek dish.  Turns out we were very lucky with our choice and shared a delicious plate of traditional Greek dishes, we had mousaka, tzaziki, souvlaki, vines leaves and definitely the best baklava I’ve ever had.

Rhodes was one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting and it definitely did not disappoint, however, I was surprised by the number of stray dogs and cats.  They obviously do not spay or neuter their animals and there are dogs and cats everywhere.  The acropolis in Lindos was like a giant cat litter and smelled horrible.  I can only imagine what it would be like in August when it’s 38°C.
We left port around 3:30 and we make our way over night to Limassol, Cyprus.  I really have no idea what to expect, but I look forward to discovering another new city.

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