Before I crack on with the travelogue I thought I'd show you my holiday buys. There's a couple of traditional, hand-embroidered Greek folklore blouses (bought from the same tiny hole-in-the-wall village shop where I'd spotted them on my last visit to Rhodes over 20 years ago!) and a bespoke turquoise beaded necklace, artisan-made for me in a dream of a gem shop we stumbled across down a cobbled alleyway in the Knight's Quarter within the Old Town.
|My turquoise necklace, being made to order|
Anyway, let's get back to Greece, shall we? Our third day in Rhodes Town started with a Sunday morning walk to the Acropolis, a 3km climb up the slopes of Monte Smith, named after the British Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, who used the hill as a vantage point to keep an eye on the Napoleonic fleet during the Turkish Wars of 1802.
Despite a fairly late night, we were determined to get there before the hoards of coach trippers arrived, setting off just after 8am.
.....but when we got there, we discovered it covered in scaffolding undergoing essential repairs! Ah well, it's the perfect excuse to go back!
On the way down we stopped at the Jewish Synagogue Museum and paid our respects to the 1673 Rhodian Jews who perished during WW2.
Back in Rhodes Old Town we stopped for a frappe and chatted to a few more cats.
Suitably refreshed and back to the exploring! Close to the Eleftheria Gate lie the remains of the Temple of Aphrodite, dating from the 3rd century BC and believed to be where the famed Marine Venus, discovered under the water by fisherman over a century ago, once stood.
One of the old harbourside warehouses was home to a cat sanctuary and the residents seemed very content with their comfy beds, rugs, toys and plenty of food. There were collection tins and - needless to say - we donated a few euros.
The bronze deer mark the spot where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes (the 108 feet high statue of Helios, the sun god) once straddled the harbour. Erected by Chares of Lindos in 280BC, the Colossus was constructed to commemorate the successful defence of Rhodes against Demetrius I of Macedonia. It collapsed after an earthquake in 226BC. The ruins remained until the Arab invasion in 653AD when the Colossus was completely destroyed and the remains sold.
Back at the apartment, we calculated that we'd walked over 10 miles, no wonder we were glowing! We washed our clothes while we showered, hung them outside in the sunshine and, after a siesta, they were dry and ready to pack away. Our first trip to Rhodes Town had come to an end.