Visiting the streets that crusaders walked.
19.07.2009 - 19.07.2009 40 °C
We decided that we would have a morning by the pool and then go to Rhodes in the afternoon so we would see Rhodes at night too. Whilst by the pool I dozed and when I woke up Sue was in the pool talking with one of the Psycho Ville family As it was so hot we needed to freshen up after the pool and by the time we’d got dressed again it was almost 3 so we drove to the Beach café for a salad and from there, on to Rhodes.
We’d filled up with petrol again just outside of Lindos and then made our way to Rhodes. The drive there was uneventful until we got to Rhodes its self. The streets became more narrow and the traffic thicker, it was the 1st time we really came across traffic lights too. We kept heading towards the signs for the old town and eventually came to the old town walls about 4pm. We were told that there was free parking in certain places but as we didn’t know exactly where we were we decided to drive around the outside.
Eventually we came to a car park and decided that we’d pay as we could be driving around for ages until we found the free places. But when looking for the charges we found that it was free on Sundays.
Across the street from where we parked were a couple of boats selling sponges and crafts made from shells. Seemed strange that the shop was moving and we were not.
After a quick loo stop (good job it wasn’t a medieval loo) we started to explore old Rhodes. The 1st building we came across after going through the town walls was the archaeological museum, which is housed in the Gothic Knights Hospital, completed in 1481. Once we got our bearings we made our way to the Street of the Knights, which is lined by various inns of the knights. These were inns for each of the countries the knights came from to meet in. None of these inns were open and I don’t think they were eating/drinking places now. Some were now used for government/official use. At the top of the street was Palace of the Grand Masters. Which was worth a visit and Valentino got another outing after we checked for security cameras. It seems that a lot of the adornments here came from Kos. After spending quite a while in here we decided it was time for a drink and we found a small taverna close by. I think that was why the price was so high. €5.4 for 2 cans of coke!!!!! We then made our way down one of the main streets, which were full of gift/leather and jewellery shops, oh, and Tavernas. We did think about going up the Bourg Clock Tower but €5 was too much and they didn’t have a lift hahaha. As we walked down the street it seemed so familiar to Crete. We were stopped by one elderly gent who asked if we would like to eat at his restaurant and after a little conversation we found out that his son owned Fuse bar in Pethkos. We declined his offer and eventually got to Plateia Ipprokratous the central square with a medieval fountain. So many restaurants with so many waiters trying to catch your attention
Eventually we were persuaded into one and climbed the rickety stairs to the outside balcony. Here I had Penn Pasta with a tomato sauce and Sue had Greek pasta (very creamy). We had chosen these and had a drink of just water as this area was a tourist trap. We enjoyed watching the waiters trying to catch the attentions of people across the square and also our meals which we swapped ½ way through so we could try each others. By now the son had gone down and we walked out of the old town to the car after 1st admiring the large yachts in the harbour. The drive back was ok though I was a little worried about getting out of Rhodes with its one way streets but Lindos was signposted quite early on and the journey was ok.
When we got back to the complex, we decided to pay for the air conditioning for the rest of our stay as Sue had been bitten so many times (over 40) by the mosquitoes and also we were so hot in the night. €60 poorer we were looking forward to a Mythos by the pool but the bar was packed and noisy so we went to the room for our B&C and played cards where I thrashed Sue.