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Odyssey of the Seas Stay Weblog – Day 9 – Rhodes, Greece

Hi there from the gorgeous Odyssey of the Seas; it is Day 9 of our cruise, which suggests we solely have 3 days left. The time has been flying by with our busy days exploring new ports (and international locations!).

I’m blissful 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 at this time so we may have freedom and suppleness to do what we wished.

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 certainly one of 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 a beautiful 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 Purchasing in Rhodes

With some fast analysis on Rhodes, every part on-line mentioned the cruise port is positioned very conveniently within the outdated city.

Getting off the ship, we may instantly see the outdated city that was surrounded by a stone wall.

I discovered just a few totally different places inside strolling distance that I wished us to take a look at beginning with the Citadel of the Previous City.

We walked by an outdated city entrance and located ourselves surrounded by beautiful streets with tons of procuring and eating places.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 lifeless finish on a facet road. We appeared round and noticed nothing resembling a citadel.

Fortuitously, 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 all the outlets, particularly the jewellery outlets. We discovered a beautiful store owned by a Greek household who made distinctive bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. I believe mother and I spent practically an hour procuring inside this single store with the proprietor serving to us discovering the proper items.

The store house owners have been so heat and welcoming! They mentioned mother was their greatest buyer of the day.

Dad roamed the streets by his lonesome self till we completed our procuring; after all, he wasn’t completely happy with how a lot money and time we spent.

Wandering Round Previous City

Again to our self-guided stroll of the outdated city, we selected the Palace of the Grand Grasp of the Knights of Rhodes. Say that 10 instances quick!

We weaved by the streets, usually getting distracted by what number of photograph alternatives introduced themselves on this charming metropolis!

On the Palace, we loved taking some images and bumped into some buddies 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 may see from the citadel.

We additionally met a pleasant household from Austria that advised us how beautiful the marina stroll in Rhodes is, so we set that as our subsequent vacation spot.

After exiting the Palace, we walked by a very great courtyard with greenery, flowers and views of the palace.

As we made our method to the ocean, we walked out of the outdated metropolis and into the newer space. We discovered an H&M and stopped in Starbucks for a fast resident and toilet 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 may 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 appeared like a terrific spot to stroll with sweeping views of the ocean.

This additionally gave us an up-close have 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 photos 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 likely one of the largest Greek Islands and depends nearly completely on tourism for its financial system. He additionally talked to us in regards to the island’s drawback with gypsies begging for cash within the metropolis, which have grow to be extra of an issue in recent times.

We did not stroll to the tip of the jetty however admired Fort St. Nicholas from Afar and a show of European flags that lined the walkway.

Scammers at St. 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 protection 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 realm, through which we bumped into extra cruise buddies who provided to take our household image. We discovered cute little nooks to take photos and loved admiring the views.

Apparently, Saint Paul’s Gate is likely one of the most intricate gates in Rhodes and connects the outdated city to the harbor.

Whereas I used to be snapping some photos of Angie and Mother off within the distance, I rotated to see a gypsy yelling in my face. I used to be taken again since I had not engaged in any kind of dialog or eye contact with the ladies. From years of touring (and getting scammed earlier than), I do know it is best to be persistent in not partaking with them.

She began to scream to NOT take her photograph. 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 photograph and I wasn’t thinking about 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 thinking about taking her photograph.

I used to be frightened she was utilizing this as a chance to pickpocket by making a scene, however she did not take something from me.

As we left the realm, we noticed the gypsies strategy two males and place bracelets on their wrists – through which they proceeded to yell and count on the boys to pay them for the bracelets. They prey on anybody who reveals them compassion or makes eye contact!

As I used to be scripting this weblog, I discovered just a few individuals noting on-line having the identical experiences with these girls. A number of the feedback are from ten years in the past – so these identical girls have been scamming individuals for nearly a decade. It’s too unhealthy, because it does take away a few of the fantastic thing about the gate.

Souvlaki and Purchasing in Previous City

As soon as we may 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 appeared to search out one thing to eat close to the port.

Again within the outdated city, we bumped into our buddies from earlier who beneficial a spot that was proper down the street. There was a quaint seating space with flowers and cubicles lined with colourful pillows.

We ordered 2 pitas for mother and I to get pleasure from whereas Dad tried baklava for the primary time. Everybody loved the rooster souvlakis and we appreciated a second to sit down down, refresh and relaxation after strolling about 3 miles.

There was even a musician who came to visit 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 buddies within the outdated city. We love assembly so many type individuals from the cruise and our rowdiness should make it straightforward 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 luggage within the room and spoke to our great stateroom attendant, Waylan. We have been so impressed with the service we have obtained on this cruise. The complete onboard workers has been wonderful and so attentive.

We determined to go 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 could not 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 at this time.

The solar was beginning to set over Rhodes as we loved blissful hour cocktails on the highest deck. We mirrored on one other nice day of our cruise and marveled on the excellent climate.

I concluded that Rhodes may be my new favourite Greek Island of all of the islands I’ve visited (together with Santorini, Crete, Corfu and Rhodes). The town was so charming and really clear. I might 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 rooster wings, pork chop and berry crumble.

Dad and I discovered the Beef Trio to be a bit robust whereas mother did not love her goat cheese tart or fisherman’s pie.

We talked about to the server that we discovered the meat to be a bit robust and shortly after, the top waiter came to visit 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 in regards to the entree’s points to make sure he understood the difficulty, though we emphasised that we’ve been pleased with all of our meals so far. We have been impressed by how involved and rapidly he got here to handle our remark.

After dinner, the remainder of the household went to observe 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 accomplished.

They vastly loved the magician, so I must go watch his efficiency tomorrow night time!

I get pleasure from having the quiet time to myself to undergo images and write at this time’s dwell weblog.

Tomorrow’s Plans

Tomorrow, we’re in Santorini, Greece! I have been to Santorini twice earlier than. The primary time I got here to Santorini was throughout faculty once I did Semester at Sea; I flew to the island from Athens and spent just a few 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 Royal Caribbean. I believe this will probably be extra enjoyable for mother and pop not having to fret about logistics on our personal.

I learn that there will probably be just a few different ships in port, so it could possibly be busy. We additionally might want to tender to the island, so having the shore tour ought to make that straightforward. Our tour contains 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’s all about!

The outline of the tour makes it sound like we will probably 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 hope meaning returning to the port won’t be a difficulty.

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!

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