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Jun 15, 2017 - Rhodes and more

Monday saw Ron and I paying another visit to Kotor in Montanegro, perhaps the most idilic port and general location of our whole journey on our ship so far. This time we sailed by little boat to a small island in the bay with a tiny historic church called Our Lady of the Rock. Afterwards we paid a visit to a village on the coast of the bay before heading back to Kotor and our tender back to the ship. Monday was an "at sea" day and nice and relaxing with room service at 9 am followed by brunch around 10 ish.  Then lunch in Club Class dining...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Patmos Greece

Patmos Greece, definitely need a gander at the map to find this one. I is one of the Greek islands that has a population of just under 3 000. Why are we here? Considered the home of John the Apostle and declared a World UNESCO site. Aside from that, it is the quintessential perfect little Greek village. We tendered over to the island - fortunately on hired tenders, not the life boats from the ship - and wandered and just fell into the pace of life where we practically walked from one end of the island to the other, then landed in the main...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Rhodes, Greece

THE ISLAND OF RHODES, GREECE Historic Rhodes Walking Tour was led by a 76 year old lady who showed great love for her country of Greece and wanted to share everything with us. She will retire soon and as most people in Greece is unsure of her future. Great museum loaded with ancient artifacts from 400 BC on. When the tour was over, she took a few of us back into the old city streets the usual tourist does not see. Again, she did this because of her love of country and wanted to show us more.

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Nov 11, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 4

After checking out her newest crop of olives and wandering around the property checking out all the new works they have done over the past couple of years, Mary dropped us off to the airport for our flight to Rhodes. It was still early enough in the afternoon for a short jaunt to see the harbour and its sights that delight every time. First stop on our foray is the harbour with its two Fallow deer standing proud above the small port entrance - There are many folk tales about how the deer came to be found on the island, some say they were...

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Nov 11, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 5

This morning we were walking to town and saw a sign for something called the ‘Throne of Helios”. The full length sign on the side of the building exclaimed 9D entertainment! And the background was a stylised flaming Helios in his horse drawn chariot, how could we not??!! Apparently we were a little early but if we would return in half and hour, they would fit us in before the school group. We were the only people there and we could choose any one of the seats in the cinema. Buckle in, strap on the 3D glasses and hang on. What an experience,...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Rhodes, Greece

Thursday, July 10th. We have been gone from Canada for one week now. Time is flying by as it seems like we've only been gone for days. Today we visited a tiny little town called Lindos in Rhodes, Greece. It's a beautiful little town with shops and restaurants winding amongst Vespa ridden cobblestone streets just like the movies . We decided to walk down to the beach on a winding road. We had just stepped off onto a steep cement hill when the next thing I knew I was on the ground trying to pull my foot away from a moving truck. I had slipped...

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Nov 5, 2013 - Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, November 5, 2013 Today we decided to do a self-wander through this wonderful World Heritage Site. Like many islands in this part of the world, the island has a long history of many conquerors. The impressive stone medieval old town was built by the Knights of St John (Hospitaliers)in 1309. The town is surrounded by a high double wall of beautifully cut stones. The tops of the balustrade (is this the right word?) are distinctive: a notched v. (See drawing). The town was eventually conquered by Sulieman the Magnificent in 1522 and the...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Rhodes - Medieval Old Town & Kamiros Ruins

Geographically closer to Turkey than mainland Greece, Rhodes (pronounced ROH-dohs), is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and Greece's fourth biggest island. The cruise ship docked just outside the walls of the Old Town. Finally, we've found some sunny weather for our explorations. They claim 300+ sunny days a year here; we're glad we found one. First, we boarded the bus for a ride around the perimeter of the west side of the island to Kamiros to view the ruins of the ancient city. This was once a thriving Doric city back in the 5th...

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Oct 4, 2012 - Symi Town

Symi is a picturesque harbour with restored and tiered sea captains' houses in the Northern European style. The population now is around 2600 but at the beginning of the 20th century it was 22,500 with a strong ship building industry that launched 500 ships a year. Now it is mainly a tourist destination as it is a very short ferry trip from Rhodes. Anchoring in these harbours can be a huge challenge. The plan is to start dropping the anchor in the middle and run the stern to the harbour wall. Getting the anchor up is also a challenge as...

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Oct 1, 2012 - Rhodes Town.......sort of!

We motored-sailed up the coast of Rhodes with the plan of anchoring off Rhodes Town so we could explore the old city. There is a town marina but Malcolm had been informed it was not available to private boats without a large fee. So we anchored off a beach two kilometres away from Old Town. It was quiet and peaceful and we decided to spend the next day exploring. About 4am i was awakened by a rolling swell. At first we all thought it was a passing ship but no. The beach was very exposed and the swell built to over a metre with everything...

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Sep 29, 2012 - Lindos, Rhodes

We raised the anchor about 10 pm for a night sail or rather motor to Lindos. The distance is about 60 nautical miles. No wind but a beautiful full moon. Arrived early morning to a bay full of sunbeds. I guess we will see a lot more tourists! The town has no marina so we are at anchor and using the dingy. Requires a little co-ordination with 7 people on board. The town centre is very quaint with tiny, narrow alleyways and many cafes etc. In the day tourist buses and boats arrive from Rhodes town and the place swarms with people. But in the...

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Sep 24, 2012 - Tilos

Stefanos Harbour on Tilos is very small. Room for about 8 yachts but there is a large bay off a very pretty beach just outside the harbour for anchoring. We count 25 yachts at anchor. The population of the entire island is around 533! Mastodon bones – midget elephants that became extinct around 4600BC- were found on the island. We arrived early to get a spot on the harbor wall for two nights. Fantastic spot. Quite a few restaurants and tavernas but not large or cheap or tacky. Barry, Malcolm and I caught the bus to Megalo Horio, an old...

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