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Feb 5, 2011 - Rhodes Island (and Athens sidetrip!) (Part II) - Feb 3-5

February 3, 2011 Today we attempted to have a bit of a lie-in but the building works at the hotel stopped that. One of the downsides of staying off-season is that many hotels are doing minor renovations to get ready for summer. On our floor of the hotel, the door at the end of the corridor was missing and this meant two things. Firstly, there was a constant draft blowing along the corridor. Secondly, there was a 5 storey drop if you weren’t careful. The hotel had rested a different size and shape door against the gap and this had been in...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Rhodes Island (Part I) - Jan 29-Feb 2

January 29, 2011 We were leaving the northern part of Greece behind today and heading to our first island stop, Rhodes. Our flight was not until 8pm but we had to have the hire car back at the airport by 1pm so we knew we’d have quite a wait at the terminal. Given we hadn’t flown for quite a while we didn’t think this would be too bad and it didn’t turn out to be. We had a good breakfast at the hotel around 10am, including fired eggs, and then we set off. The drive to the airport took just over 90 minutes (via some interesting diversions...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Rhodes ... Quaint and walkable treasure

Rhodes – December 10 ... 15C at mid-day (sunny) and POURING rain by 2pm This is not an island that either of us knew much about, but it has become our favourite of the trip. According to the locals, Rhodes has been inhabited since 6000BC with documented civilizations since the 10th century BC. Over the centuries, Turks and Romans have occupied Rhodes. It is one of the few European cities with an intact wall around the old city. Only 77 km long and 37 km wide, it is a small island that is full of charm and history. The walled city was built...

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Oct 8, 2010 - Patmos, Greece

I slept great last night, all the way until 4:15 this morning. I awakened and wondered what time it was so I got up and went to the bathroom to turn on a light, so that I could see my wrist watch. I then decided that I should have stayed in bed or at least I could go back to sleep for awhile. Next thing I knew it was 20 to 7:00 and I woke Marilyn to begin getting ready for the day. By this time we were anchored in the bay at Patmos, Greece. We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the buffet before going to the gathering lounge for the tender into...

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Sep 22, 2010 - Rhodes

Life onboard is lazy and leisurely and I'm glad I have an electronic book, because I will go through many books while I'm here. My cabin in tiny and cramped, but I have an extra bed to dump things onto, so I'm fine. Had a frantic 15 minutes trying every adaptor I have (several times - perhaps force is the answer) and starting to panic because none of my adaptors fit and I have to charge my cell and my camera battery and my laptop so it can charge my e-book. Then I saw the little marker that says 110v. American power with American outlets....

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Debra's 2010 Trip

Sep 21, 2010 - Greetings from Rhodes, Greece!

Well, from the ship anyway. Seems the "start of a cold" has decided to become a "real cold," so I am pretty miserable right now. It's not awful, just a bit of congestion and some sinus pressure. But it's making sleeping next to impossible, even with a couple of OTC cold meds and a Tylenol PM. I feel bad because I keep waking Mike up, but so far he hasn't tossed me overboard yet. (Of course, I usually let him spellcheck these entries before posting, so now I've given him ideas...) We had an excursion for this morning to go see another...

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Sep 21, 2010 - Patmos

Lovely, lazy day. Don't have wi-fi on the ship, so my laptop is currently an expensive, heavy paperweight. They do have computers you can use for a (not so)small charge, but can't load my pictures. So when I get to Mykonos or Athens and have wi-fi again, I'll go back and load pics. So my day - did not sleep well and got up at 5. Got to the boat at 8, checked in and into my cabin at 9. Took a nap. Went to orientation at 11, had lunch at noon, left the dock and headed out toward sea. Took another nap. Docked at Patmos at 4, went ashore and...

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Debra's 2010 Trip

Aug 10, 2010 - The Isles of Rhodes

The Isles of Rhodes could not have been a better place to end my European escapade! For the last 3 days of the program, we stayed at the Port Royal 4 Star Beach Resort. This place is absolutely gorgeous! From the first day to the last, we were treated as 5 Star guests. The hotel included 2 restaurants, 3 pools, a fitness center, spa, and so much more. This is PARADISE!!!! The resort is structured like a small town with 26 cabin buildings. My room number was 1701, located in the 17th building. As soon as I walked into the room, there was a...

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Jul 8, 2010 - The Turkeys done, now the Greece!

Hello from Rhodes! One of the memorable items form the last day of our tour in Turkey was experiencing a Turkish shave (at least Mike did!). It was fantastic - the barber uses the old brush to lather up, then a straight razor for the closest shave you can imagine (Karen has the pictures!) It also includes a great massage of the scalp, neck and shoulders, and , believe it or not, removal of other hair as needed. In this case, flames (!) to the ears! (at least they didn't use wax like on the other guy from our tour!) It was fun, refreshing...

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Apr 18, 2010 - Our last day on Rhodes

Today was another glorious day. Breakfast in the garden is such a wonderful way to start the day. Each day there is a different fresh fruit on the yogurt. I went to the square for some shopping while Jim stayed back to try to get rid of a nasty sinus headache. Jim was doing much better when I returned to the room so we went back down to the center together. There was another cruise ship in today so things were really hopping. We had lunch at Yannis' again. The food is so good and he is so friendly. While we were there, "Papa" arrived...

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Apr 17, 2010 - A day on Simi

Our host was kind enough to have our breakfast ready for us much earlier than it is usually served as we had to be at the boat dock by 8:30 and it is a 30 minute walk. As we were told yesterday, there were 2 large cruise ships in port when we got down there. We are so glad we have tickets to leave the island today. The boat trip to the Monastery was 1 1/2 hours of relaxing and enjoying the views from the open middle deck. We passed many islands and saw the coast of Turkey. These Greek islands are very rugged. When we arrived at the...

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Apr 16, 2010 - Exploring Old Rhodes Town

We are really enjoying our time on Rhodes. Today's weather was perfect with not a cloud in the sky. Our day started with a very peaceful breakfast in the garden served to us by our host. There was no place we had to be so we were able to just sit and enjoy the moment, the beauty of the garden and each other. We spent all morning and into the afternoon wandering the streets of Old Town. There are places all over where archaeological digs are uncovering the city under the city. The fortress walls are amazing. It's hard to imagine anyone would...

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