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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 ...
... as far back as the Bronze Age.
The main square holds the remains of a temple dedicated to Apollo. Shops and homes covered the hillside alongside the temple.
A reservoir has been uncovered, big enough to have served 400 families.
What really fascinates me are columns and stones that still are engraved with Greek writings. I wish we could get translations to see what these residents ...
... around the harbor to see some old windmills, and a lighthouse. We found an empty boat slip in the harbor and sat to enjoy the view for a while. Nice to enjoy a laid back day for a change. After setting up the tripod for some photos it was time to start back toward home. Wow, a whole 15 minute walk. However, we got sidetracked at another city gate. This one was for traffic. Nothing like watching tour buses try to get through a gate ...
... view of the other side of the island. Gaily walking around were a lot of peacocks which we were told are native to Rhodes.
We then headed off past the Acropolis. of Lindos to the Palace of the Grand Masters which was built in the 14th Century by the Knights of St John as a fortress to defend the town. It was certainly a fortress complete with moats and a series of battlements with cannons still visible in the ramparts.
The Fortress was destroyed in 1858 ...