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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Walk Along the Harbor to the Medieval City in Rhodes

Aloha Everyone,

Rhodes (pronounced Ro Dos) is the 4th biggest island of Greece and one of the 26 inhabited islands of Dedecanese. It has approximately 100,000 population and, per information provided by the Department of Tourism, the Medieval City of Rhodes has 10,000 residents.

The entire Medieval City of Rhodes is none like any other place. The history, the grandeur, it is easy to understand why in 1988, UNESCO designated the entire Medieval City as a Cultural and Architectural Heritage Monument. Just to give an orientation, areas surrounding the walls are named after the languages (tongue) spoken by different groups of knights. For example, Tongue of France, Tongue of Spain, Tongue of Italy and so on. (See attached map).

Catholic Cathedral of Rhodes

Tower & Lighthouse of St. Nicholas. (This is the site where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood.)

Windmills of Mandraki

Solar panel bench

The Temple of Aphrodite (now a ruin)

Getting peeks of various fortification walls, the tip of the minaret of the mosque of Suleiman, and the Palace of the Grand Master made us ignore the noonday heat and physical discomfort. Rhodes feels safer than Athens but layout of streets are very confusing. Even J.J., who has a great sense of direction, got lost. Overall, this was a very good first full day. J.J. walked 3.4 miles and I did 6.5 miles.

Aloha -- Cathi