Hi there from the gorgeous Odyssey of the Seas; it is Day 9 of our cruise, which implies we solely have 3 days left. The time has been flying by with our busy days exploring new ports (and nations!).
I’m completely satisfied to report that I’ve a brand new favourite Greek island – Rhodes! After our busy days in Israel, we didn’t have an tour deliberate for immediately so we might have freedom and suppleness to do what we needed.
We woke as much as a shocking view of Rhodes exterior of our balcony!
Since we weren’t on a decent timeline, we loved a sluggish morning with breakfast at Cafe 270. This was one among our favourite locations once we cruised on Spectrum of the Seas again in 2019, and I’m shocked we’ve but to eat there on this cruise.
They’ve an exquisite collection of grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches and burritos, together with a bagel bar. There’s additionally a espresso cart positioned in 270, making it a straightforward place to seize breakfast.
Afternoon Procuring in Rhodes
With some fast analysis on Rhodes, all the pieces on-line mentioned the cruise port is positioned very conveniently within the previous city.
Getting off the ship, we might instantly see the previous city that was surrounded by a stone wall.
I discovered a number of totally different areas inside strolling distance that I needed us to take a look at beginning with the Citadel of the Previous City.
We walked by way of an previous city entrance and located ourselves surrounded by pretty streets with tons of procuring and eating places. Sadly, following the map on my telephone to the Citadel of the Previous City led us to a useless finish on a facet avenue. We seemed round and noticed nothing resembling a fortress.
Luckily, there was lots to nonetheless see and many procuring that was shut by so we went again to the principle pedestrian
Mother and I have been in heaven with the entire retailers, particularly the jewellery retailers. We discovered a stunning store owned by a Greek household who made distinctive bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. I believe mother and I spent almost an hour procuring inside this single store with the proprietor serving to us discovering the right items.
The store homeowners have been so heat and welcoming! They mentioned mother was their finest buyer of the day.
Dad roamed the streets by his lonesome self till we completed our procuring; after all, he wasn’t fully happy with how a lot money and time we spent.
Wandering Round Previous City
Again to our self-guided stroll of the previous city, we selected the Palace of the Grand Grasp of the Knights of Rhodes. Say that 10 occasions quick!
We weaved by way of the streets, usually getting distracted by what number of picture alternatives offered themselves on this charming metropolis!
On the Palace, we loved taking some photographs and bumped into some pals from the ship that we spoke with for a short time. It was $10 to enter the Palace, so we opted simply to benefit from the exterior of what we might see from the fortress.
We additionally met a pleasant household from Austria that instructed us how pretty the marina stroll in Rhodes is, so we set that as our subsequent vacation spot.
After exiting the Palace, we walked by way of a extremely fantastic courtyard with greenery, flowers and views of the palace.
As we made our technique to the ocean, we walked out of the previous metropolis and into the newer space. We discovered an H&M and stopped in Starbucks for a fast resident and loo cease.
Marina and Rhode Windmills
We discovered ourselves strolling alongside the ocean with unbelievable views of the ocean, Fort St. Nicholas and the Three Windmills of Rhodes. We might additionally see Odyssey of the Seas, together with 3 different small ships, within the port.
Fort St. Nicholas is positioned on the finish of a brief walkway-like pier that expands from the marina. It seemed like an excellent spot to stroll with sweeping views of the ocean.
This additionally gave us an up-close take a look at the Three Windmills of Rhodes. One of many windmills was lacking its precise windmill, which was attention-grabbing.
I loved taking some actually enjoyable footage with the windmills and ocean views whereas dad climbed on the rocks with Angie and mother discovered some locals to strike up a dialog with. She enjoys speaking to pleasant locals and asking all about their metropolis and financial system.
The locals defined that Rhodes is among the largest Greek Islands and depends nearly fully on tourism for its financial system. He additionally talked to us concerning the island’s drawback with gypsies begging for cash within the metropolis, which have develop into extra of an issue lately.
We didn’t stroll to the top of the jetty however admired Fort St. Nicholas from afar and a show of European flags that lined the walkway.
Scammers at Saint Paul’s Gate
After mother completed conversing with the locals, we set our websites for the Temple of Aphrodite however stumbled upon the very charming St. Paul’s Gate!
Getting into the gate, we discovered a staircase that allowed us to climb the ramparts and see sweeping views of the harbor. Angie, dad and I climbed the steps to stroll round whereas mother admired from the security of the bottom degree.
At one level, two gypsies began screaming at one another, disrupting our peaceable second taking within the ocean views.
We continued to discover the world, through which we bumped into extra cruise pals who provided to take our household image. We discovered cute little nooks to take footage and loved admiring the views.
Apparently, Saint Paul’s Gate is among the most intricate gates in Rhodes and connects the previous city to the harbor.
Whereas I used to be snapping some footage of Angie and Mother off within the distance, I circled to see a gypsy yelling in my face. I used to be greatly surprised since I had not engaged in any form of dialog or eye contact with the ladies. From years of touring (and getting scammed earlier than), I do know it’s finest to be persistent in not partaking with them.
She began to scream to NOT take her picture. I checked out her confused and confirmed her the image of mother and Angie, I mentioned to her that she wasn’t even within the picture and I wasn’t focused on photographing her.
She screamed even louder, “YOU LIE – YOU’RE A PSYCHO! I see you utilize your telephone to take my image!!!!” And I walked away insisting that I didn’t take her image nor was I focused on taking her picture.
I used to be fearful she was utilizing this as a chance to pickpocket by making a scene, however she didn’t take something from me.
As we left the world, we noticed the gypsies method two males and place bracelets on their wrists – through which they proceeded to yell and anticipate the boys to pay them for the bracelets. They prey on anybody who exhibits them compassion or makes eye contact!
As I used to be scripting this weblog, I discovered a number of folks noting on-line having the identical experiences with these ladies. A number of the feedback are from ten years in the past – so these similar ladies have been scamming folks for nearly a decade. It’s too unhealthy, because it does take away among the great thing about the gate.
Souvlaki and Procuring in Previous City
As soon as we might decompress after the gypsy debacle, mother and I made a decision we had labored up an urge for food for some gyros or souvlaki. When in Rome!
We walked by the Temple of Aphrodite as we seemed to search out one thing to eat close to the port.
Again within the previous city, we bumped into our pals from earlier who really useful a spot that was proper down the street. There was a quaint seating space with flowers and cubicles coated with colourful pillows.
We ordered 2 pitas for mother and I to take pleasure in whereas Dad tried baklava for the primary time. Everybody loved the hen souvlakis and we appreciated a second to take a seat down, refresh and relaxation after strolling about 3 miles.
There was even a musician who came visiting to play the guitar – bringing a smile to all of us on the restaurant.
Following our souvlaki indulgence, Mother and I had extra procuring to do in one of many leather-based shops earlier than discovering much more cruise pals within the previous city. We love assembly so many sort folks from the cruise and our rowdiness should make it simple to establish us in a crowd!
We determined to make our method again to the port because it was round 4:30.
Lime and Coconut
As soon as again onboard the ship, we dropped off our procuring baggage within the room and spoke to our fantastic stateroom attendant, Waylan. We’ve been so impressed with the service we’ve obtained on this cruise. Your complete workers onboard has been glorious and so attentive.
We determined to move as much as the Lime and Coconut Bar to see our favourite bartender, Dwayne. Mother has been referring to him as ‘Dwa’ throughout this cruise; she met him on the primary day and couldn’t see his whole identify tag when he requested her to guess his identify so she mentioned ‘It have to be DWA’!
‘Dwa’ whipped up 4 cocktails for us, together with a mudslide for me, Miami Vice for dad and Bailey’s Banana Colada, which is Angie’s newest drink obsession. The cool drinks tasted so good after all of the strolling we did immediately.
The solar was beginning to set over Rhodes as we loved completely satisfied hour cocktails on the highest deck. We mirrored on one other nice day of our cruise and marveled on the good climate.
I concluded that Rhodes could be my new favourite Greek Island of all of the islands I’ve visited (together with Santorini, Crete, Corfu and Rhodes). Town was so charming and really clear. I’d like to return and go to the acropolis and different areas of the island.
Night on Board
It was 6:00PM earlier than we knew it, so we went to dinner in the principle eating room. Tonight we tried quite a lot of appetizers, entrees and desserts however most of us discovered that it wasn’t our favourite meal of the cruise.
Angie was the one one who totally loved her whole meal tonight; she ordered the hen wings, pork chop and berry crumble.
Dad and I discovered the Beef Trio to be slightly powerful whereas mother didn’t love her goat cheese tart or fisherman’s pie.
We talked about to the server that we discovered the meat to be slightly powerful and shortly after, the top waiter came visiting to speak to us. We definitely aren’t choosy or ones to complain, so we weren’t anticipating to talk to the top waiter.
He was asking intently concerning the entree’s points to make sure he understood the problem, though we emphasised that we’ve been proud of all of our meals to date. We have been impressed by how involved and rapidly he got here to deal with our remark.
After dinner, the remainder of the household went to look at a magician efficiency within the Royal Theatre. Since I stayed up late (like 1 am) to complete yesterday’s weblog after a busy night with leisure, I opted to return again and get some work executed.
They drastically loved the magician, so I should go watch his efficiency tomorrow evening!
I take pleasure in having the quiet time to myself to undergo photographs and write immediately’s stay weblog.
Tomorrow, we’re in Santorini, Greece! I’ve been to Santorini twice earlier than. The primary time I got here to Santorini was throughout school once I did Semester at Sea; I flew to the island from Athens and spent a number of days exploring.
The second time I visited Santorini was with my husband once we did a cruise from Venice for our honeymoon. Throughout that go to, we did our personal factor and took the pace boat and bus to Oia and walked down from Fira.
For this go to, we’ve a shore tour by way of Royal Caribbean. I believe this shall be extra enjoyable for mother and pa not having to fret about logistics on our personal.
I learn that there shall be a number of different ships in port, so it might be busy. We additionally might want to tender to the island, so having the shore tour ought to make that simple. Our tour consists of visits to Oia (the place the basic blue roofs are!!), a vineyard and Fira earlier than returning to the ship.
I’ve by no means visited the wineries in Santorini, so I’m excited to see what that’s all about!
The outline of the tour makes it sound like we shall be pushed to Oia from the port and return to the port by bus; it doesn’t point out the cable automotive or donkey stroll down from Fira on the hilltop, so I’m hoping meaning returning to the port is not going to be a problem.
I’m crossing my fingers that our good luck continues tomorrow! Mother, Dad and Angie have by no means visited Santorini and I do know they’re wanting ahead to it. That is an thrilling port for a lot of, as Santorini is an iconic Greek Island and a world-class vacation spot for a lot of.
Keep tuned for tomorrow’s adventures! Till then, goodnight everybody!