All roads don't necessarily lead to Rhodes!

Monday, September 30, 2013
Rhodes, Dodecanese, Greece
After two very busy days in Athens and Santorini, we had a relaxing day exploring in the old town side of Rhodes. This is yet another walled city. It really hits home the history of battles and wars in this part of the world as there hasn't been many stops that we've made on this cruise that the town or city hasn't still bore the remains of ancient fortification. This particular city was known for the Knights of St. John dating back to the 14th century and try as I might, I just couldn't find a suitable souvenir reminiscent of that part of its I bought pottery! When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a couple of handmade greek bowls ;)

I have to say, my favourite place for shopping thus far has been Corfu . The prices were the best and the selection was great. Perhaps it's because I'm getting tired of seeing the SAME thing, over and over again at every port of call. The only difference is the price! That just seems to keep going up. We've got one more stop in Turkey tomorrow and then our final Greek port in Crete the following day. Then, Italy here we come, with a couple of other ports thrown in for good measure.

I think it's safe to mention what has clearly been our biggest surprise of the cruise, and it hasn't had anything to do with our sites. It's been the ability to bring wine and beer back on board the ship. If you're reading this Jim, take note! Our dinner companions (our Aussie table neighbours) mentioned they had brought beer and wine back on board the ship in Istanbul, so we thought we'd try it in Santorini. The effort met with great success....except Kier made a poor wine selection because he can't read greek...but then, as I always say, when it comes to's all greek to me!!

Now, I just have to get on my soapbox for a very brief moment to talk about a pet peeve of mine. One that seems to be magnified on the ship...people who get on the elevator to go up or down ONE FLOOR! Drives me crazy! And I guess I'm gonna have to work on my poker face cause whenever someone gets in the elevator with me and pushes the button for the next floor, they always look at me and say "oh, guess I could have walked one floor". Thank goodness they can't see the little cartoon dialogue bubble over my head that says "yes, you could have you lazy b@#$@*^!!!"

Well, I'm off to get cleaned up and dressed in my best finery for formal night!
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What are you seeing in Corfu for shopping that you don't see elsewhere? What is it that you are seeing over and over....? Pottery?


Just about everything. I bought some linen placemats in Corfu for 4 E each cause she told me they were made "right here in Corfu"...then I've seen the same ones at every Greek port since...bit always more 9 E or 10 E. Pottery all the same, etc, etc. mass production at its finest!


When are you going to post a pic of you in your "finery"? Don't think I've ever seen that!!


Afraid my "finery" isn't all that fine...but will do on next formal night!