Published: October 22nd 2006July 8th 2006
My amazing early morning dream
After I woke up then walked out to the observation deck I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this Medieval city spread out below our docked ship. Although you don't see them in this picture there were three tall minarets rising up above the city walls.
I fell asleep rather quickly last night. The gentle rolling of the boat actually felt relaxing. I think if I had had a few more beers it might not have proven very therapeutic because the seas felt rather rough. At about 2:00 am I was awoken by a loud part going on somewhere near our cabin. What had been such a quiet area during my daytime snooze was now sounding like a convention was going on next door. It sounded like a bunch of kids sitting around BS'ing. There wasn't piercing music or the sounds of dancing, but they would talk quietly for maybe a minute or two then erupt in loud laughter. I couldn't understand what they were saying and never could determine if they were speaking English. They were just annoying. I finally stuffed my foam earplugs in my ears and returned to sleep at about 3:30.
According to our printed ship's itinerary we were supposed to arrive at our next stop, the isle of Rhodes, at 6:30 am. There were all kinds of excursions available to the passengers and all of them cost extra money. We figured we'd find our own way around the island.
As soon as we left the ship it felt like we were entering a different world. Not knowing anything about the place we landed we just walked out of the parking lot at the dockyard and followed the shoreline. Every direction we turned we saw stone walls.
was up at about 7:00. The ship was no longer rolling and things were totally quiet. Mike wasn't up yet so I took a quick shower then decided to walk the few steps from our cabin to the observation deck. When I walked out the door into another fierce Grecian wind I felt like I was in a dream. Down below the ship and stretching almost to the opposite end of this part of the island was a huge fortress wall. There were turrets every few feet and the whole thing looked like some kind of fairy-tale castle. By the time I returned to the room Mike was up and showering. I woke up Gail and her Mom indicating I needed breakfast. Almost an hour later we were all ready to hit the breakfast buffet. Although not as exciting as our breakfast back at the Oscar Hotel in Athens, this was still very satisfying. Bacon, eggs, orange juice, fruit , cereals and hard rolls.
Tyler wouldn't be joining us today because he was taking the scuba diving excursion. Mike and a few others from our group were also going. After breakfast Gen, Gail, her Mom and I climbed down
And just a few degrees to my right
Just to the right of the main anchorage we could see this fort guarding the entrance into the harbor. To the immediate left those three round buildings with red roofs are windmills that are being reconstructed.
about 7 flights of stairs to the departure ramp. As soon as we left the dockyard parking lot we were walking alongside a narrow sandy beach. Even at 9:30 in the morning the sun was beating down on us. I could tell it was going to be another hot day in the Med.
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