Day 167… We leave Patmos and sail overnight for magnificent Rhodes, where I have a full day to explore yet another incomparable island. The Palace of the Grand Masters, in the old walled city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will make you think you’ve stepped back in time, and indeed it is the only ancient heritage city on earth still largely untouched… if u grab someone from 1450A.D and drop them here and now they can still find thier way home! I also get to explore the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, high above the sea, and the Citadel of the Knights of St. John… the Knights Templar are history but these guys still exist! While there is also explore thier museum and markets as i stroll the old city and enjoy an al fresco lunch and a traditional Greek tea with my afternoon wandering through the past. One thing I find amazing here is the proliferation of painted and decorated phalluses… I get that the ancient creature/demigod Satyr was all about procreation… so an odd tourist trade exists. My dad would have found them hilarious… and admittedly so do i… but not enuff to buy one. Can you imagine the looks if I got pulled up at customs? And now i know you all really want me to get one just to have that happen. We shall see :). In the arvo I have a good long chat with an aussie ex-pat Pole who has taken aussie shines to my cartoons, then it’s off the sharpen up for a cocktail night with the Captain.
Day 168… From Rhodes we sail overnight to Heraklion, an ancient Venetian port and the capital of Crete. I sleep in again andd panic i missed my tour. Thankfull i got the time wrong… its this arvo. So i hop off for an hour in Greece’s largest island with a bunch of archeological marvels anyone ewould need more time to see… like a full day… including the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first civilization in Europe, and the Archeological Museum in Heraklion. Amusingly the town has connections with old Minos… the town and ruler over fabled minotaur fame… and so it has pathways marked on the maze like streets so u don’t get lost. Lols.
After i enjoy a delicious lunch on the pool deck, the bright blue surface of the Aegean glittering beneath me. After that as we sail from Heraklion, I see the navigation deck before arriving for an evening in Santorini. Its massive cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean and its nothing to shout about. The only way tomsee it is spending most of the time in a bus up a cliff road, then more bus between spaced out areas… to finally get to the end crowded to the rafters with tourists to almost watch the sunset from 300 meters above the azure sea, as the bus screwed up the times and we totally missed it. Honestly the other islands here are cooler. And so my magical four days concludes on another glorious Adriatic evening.
Day 169… Back in port at Piraeus, I book into my Air BnB before heading back to Athens city to avail myself of everything this vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city has to offer. One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafés and unique shops. Wander through Plaka to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s great museums. If you love art, history, bustling pedestrian thoroughfares and great food, even a few hours in this thrilling city will dazzle you.