Monday, July 21, 2014

Mediterranean Cruise: Rhodes & Lindos

I'm wrapping up the last few reviews from our cruise this week. Nothing like still reminiscing about your trip a month later!! I will make sure to sprinkle in a few regular posts as well to mix it up. Next week, I'm planning some fun fitness posts and summer recipes! Alright, onto another cruise port the city of Rhodes.

The port of Rhodes is surrounded by Medieval walls created in the mid-14th century.  Looking out into to the port of Rhodes from the ship was like stepping back into time. The city walls have been very well preserved and there are ruins from the fort scattered all around the cruise port. In ancient tines, the port of Rhodes was the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was destroyed by a earthquake and unfortunately was never restored. There were several replicas of the Colossus about Rhodes.

Our excursion at Rhodes took us to the city of Lindos. Lindos is a beautiful resort town located on the bay. Rising from the beautify city is an Acropolis. We walked through the winding streets of the city and explored the shops while hiking to the top of the ruins.

At the top of the city is an Acropolis which housed the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans throughout the years. The outside of the complex was fortified in the Middle Ages by the Knights of St John. Inside the complex are a myriad of historic ruins including  propylaean ruins, the sanctuary of Athena and the Byzantine church of St. John. 

Once we returned to the city, we walked around the city of Rhodes and explored the shops. The shops and cafes were built into the city walls of the medieval fort. There were many different street performers throughout the city including parrots! after shopping, we stopped at a cafe that offered free wifi to have drinks. It was recommended to us to try boot beer so that is just what we tried! Boot beer is just what is sounds like, local beer served in a giant boot. The trick is to drink from the side of the boot to avoid any spillage. 

Das Boot

Joe enjoying his boot beer.

Exploring Rhodes was a perfect way to end our day in port. Lindos was an unexpected historical delight. Up next, Mykonos and Santorini!

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