Rhodes City Travel Blog› entry 12 of 44 › view all entries
We arrived back in Rhodes City just before lunch time, and so our first order of business was to grab some food on the cruise ship. When our stomachs were full, we headed back out into Rhodes City to see what the town was all about. Unlike our walk in the morning, the city was now packed with people. We purposely got lost just wandering through the old streets. Cathy even made the comment that she could see herself living there some day...with me, I hope! To live in Europe someday...sounds great! We walked down the Avenue of the Knights and saw the Grand Master's Palace from the outside.
After walking through the city, we walked along the water away from the cruise ship to the point where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. This ancient wonder of the world stood over 30 meters tall. It was a statue of the patron god of the island, Helios. It was destroyed in an earthquake in 226 BC. Although it's not 100% certain where the statue stood, the general area is certain. We tried to imagine how it must have looked back in the day.
We continued our walk along the water until we found a large public beach. I had wanted to go for a swim in the Aegean, so we trekked back to the ship, got changed, and went back out to the beach.
The water was a little cold, but was definitely suitable for swimming. The trick is to just run and jump in! It's important not to get salt in your nose, too. It felt great to be swimming in late September on a beautiful day! There was a huge diving board thing out in the water and Cathy and I kept watching people go up to the top, stop, look down, and head back down the stairs. Finally, I decided I would go out there and show them how it was done...so I did! Unfortunately, we didn't bring a camera with us! You believe me though, right?
We made it back to the boat in time for departure and showered up before dinner time. I believe it was on this day that we had a completely Greek meal prepared by the chef in the formal dining room. It was a 5 course meal with unbelieveable food...it was awesome. And there were three different kinds of desserts, which I ate! Oh well, when in Greece, right? There were a lot of people with dressy clothes, but we're backpackers, so we just wore whatever we had that was the least wrinkled that day. I wasn't about to pack a suit and tie for one or two days!