Grande Albergo delle Rose
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... control of the island from the Genoese in 1306, ruling for two centuries, and building Rhodes once again into a major maritime power, until the island was conquered by Süleyman the Magnificent in 1523, becoming part of the Ottoman Empire. We confined our walk to the city of Rhodes, which is the largest settlement and capital city of the island of the same name. It is famous as the ancient site of the Colossus ...
... all back to the ship, loaded it into the fridge and took one back with me as Gab, Emerson and I went off to have a swim in the bay near the boat. The water salinity is so high in this part of the world you float head clear of the water. Gab and Emerson worked on their shell collection while I floated around the bay - bliss!
I finally opened an Alpha only to discover I'd purchased 17 cans of their rather bland lager instead of their Weiss :(
... under the big mosque that Suleyman built upon conquering Rhodes, then resumed our wandering.
The best part of our afternoon was spent circumnavigating the city from below, in the moat. While no one is allowed up on the walls (a definite disappointment), the moat was really cool, too, and contained several "secret" passageways through the walls (40 feet thick in places) and into the city. We then walked outside the walls into the new city to buy groceries ...
... remains of important antiquities within a lush archeological park. The ruins of the Temple of Pythian Apollo and parts of the Temples of Athena Polias and Zeus are also preserved at the site. The stadium (3rd or 2nd century BC) and a small marble open-air odium also survived.
Later on we had enough time to visit the old city of Rhodes. We started walking around and the first sight that called our attention was the Palace of the Grand Master. ...
... t accustomed to the menu ordering system. We got a lovely 7 course menu with 3 options to choose from each course. Thinking we had to order every course we all stuffed ourselves while looking around watching the regular cruisers eating maybe 3 or 4 of the 7. Oops. It was a delicious mistake. (The next night we cut back a bit) We were assigned a table number and waiter that stay the same all week. (You also have the option to eat at the buffet, or reserve and pay for a meal at ...