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Awesome view from our hotel

Seriously, this place is incredible...  Rhodes is awesome. 

The weather is spectacular and our super nice hotel is right across the street from the beach.  The lounge has a perfect view of the sunset (which Danielle is quickly realizing I'm obsessed with photographing...) and many of the restaurants have a front row view of the ocean.  All in all, this is just what we signed up for - lazy days at the beach, lots of much-needed sleep, new friends, good wine and tons of sunshine! 

Wednesday night we wandered through the "Old Town", which happens to be the oldest medieval city in Europe.  It is truly like hanging out in a huge castle that was built 2500 years or so ago... unreal.  We were just casually strolling around looking for a place to eat when one of the restaurant recruiters (not sure what they are really called, but these guys stand out in the street and try their hardest to coax you in) successfully got us to sit and eat at his place.

  His name is Diamond (yep, for real) and he is an absolute trip.  Long story short, we had a fabulous meal, a few complementary cocktails (complete with sparklers), and met the owner of the place.  Diamond and the owner, Stavros, insisted that we go out with them after the restaurant closed.  Not ones to turn down an offer from locals, we were in.  They took us to this super great bar WAY up on the cliffs just outside the main city - sooo much like South Beach!  Apparently Stavros is kind of a big deal, as we were waited on hand and foot and it was a fun and unexpected night! 

In addition - and this is the best part - Diamond INSISTED that Stavros take us out on his boat the next day!  Needless to say, we LOVE boating and this was just too good to pass up.
  Sooo, yesterday we show up at the restaurant as planned at 11AM and the staff drives us over to the marina and off we go! 

Stavros is a very quiet and shy Greek guy who was born and raised in the Old Town.  He owns 3 restaurants and seems to want little to do with his patrons - until we show up and make friends. (Apparently, we're "very sweet") We had a totally unbelievable day boating down the eastern coast of the island, stopping by many of the beaches, checking out the incredible cliffs, having a spectacular lunch right on the water at one of his buddy's restaurants and enjoying the sunshine!  (For the record... there are NO clouds here, only sunshine.  He says it only rains in the winter.)  The crowning jewel was Lindos, a fabulous little beach town with an ancient acropolis at the top.  Unbelievable! 

(See Mom, we made it back alive.)


sylviandavid says:
What a great time!!!!
Posted on: Jun 29, 2008
paul_gr says:
Rhodes is amazing, isn't it. Did you end up staying in a hotel *inside* the old town? Waking up in a medieval city was a great experience.
Posted on: Jun 21, 2008
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Awesome view from our hotel
Awesome view from our hotel
out at the club :)
out at the club :)
Cocktails at the Empire Club
Cocktails at the Empire Club
boating!
boating!
Quick lunch while boating!
Quick lunch while boating!
Acropolis at Lindos
Acropolis at Lindos
Supposed site of Colossus of Rhodes
Supposed site of Colossus of Rhodes
Old town
Old town
Old town
Old town
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