Last night we came by overnight ferry to Rhodes. The ferry was a real experience. There was also a massive ferry leaving Santorini just before ours and watching the trucks unload and load was a real education. OH&S is not big over here and trucks with or without trailers roar around amongst cars, motorbikes and pedestrians at the port. Our ferry was lovely, there were lounges everywhere, a couple of restaurants, a cafe, a bar, kids play area, a mini Timezone type area, a pool on the top deck and lovely rooms for those like us who chose to sleep. As stated yesterday, we left about 1.30am and slept well. The rooms are just like a tiny hotel room, everything provided.
We arrived about 10.30 on Rhodes and checked into the hotel which again was great. Then we headed off on foot to Rhodes Old Town. This is a magnificent Fort built about 1500AD still in good and complete condition and has been maintained and the wall around it forms the wall of the Old Town where 6000 people live today. We had a great afternoon exploring then walked to the waterfront and one of the beaches. The beaches here have much nicer sand than Santorini, it's not quite white but sure beats black!
Dinner was at a restaurant which came recommended by the hotel and a local old man we chatted to today. It was only about 50 metres from the hotel and specialises in Greek traditional food. The guy did a hard sell which worked but had about half of what was offered on the menu, the rest were all "specials" depending largely on what was in his kitchen. Anyway, it was nice, I loved my Calamari and then Swordfish and Liz's starter of white Eggplant salad was ok, the mains of Chicken vegtables 'baked in the oven' was great. Off somewhere else for coffee and cake.
Up early for Patmos ferry tomorrow morning if the Lord wills.