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Today we arrived at Rhodes, The Island of the Sun and 4th largest island in Greece, where the sun shines more than 300 days per year. We were fortunate to be greeted by Nikos, a taxi driver who offered to show us around on a private tour of the highlights of the island for 130 Euro. First stop was near 'The Deers' a pretty spot on the harbour, the significance of the Deers was to protect the harbour. Nearby was the Metropolitian Church of the ...
Arrived in Rhodes where the people appropriately chose Helios, the ancient God of the sun with 300+days as their divine patron & 4th largest island in Greece, also known as the Island of the Knights. We were fortunate to be greeted by Nikolas a taxi driver who offered to show us around on a private tour showing us the highlights of the Island for €130. First stop was near 'The Deers' mounted on stone pillars built by the Italians to protect ...
... probably because of its strategic location as a crossroad between the Aegean nations and the Middle East.
Rhodes was occupied by the Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and the Ottoman Turks.
It became a stop during the Crusades, which led to its occupation by the Knights of Saint John in 1309.
The Knights were a religious organization dedicated to John the Baptist. ...
... read about the place because they have had more battles than breakfasts through history. The most interesting part began in 1309 when the Knights of St John were expelled from the Holy Land so they settled and fortified Rhodes. The Turks had a go at Rhodes in 1453 but they were repelled but after some time, the Turks won the battle and the Knights moved to Malta.
Like a lot of cities we have seen, we enter and leave through the city gates which formed part of the fortress around ...
... under the Mediterranean sun, swimming several times each day - no cruise ship people go to the beaches - in deep crystal-clear waters, Turkey so close that you can almost hear the goats bleating and see the snow on its mountains. There's an Acropolis here, a temple to Apollo and forArtemis, all overlooking a Greek running track, the stadion. The old town, a maze of tiny streets, lanes, and footpaths, two hundred of them not even named, takes ...