Sunday, 11 October 2009

Rhodes - Sunday 6 September

If it's Sunday, we're in Rhodes and today's the day! Our Ruby Wedding, we've been married for 40 years. Hard to believe some days, but we made it.

What a change to the day we got married. The weather was pretty similar, very clear and sunny, just not quite so hot that day. What we didn't have this time was all the hassle. It was such a lovely relaxing day, just the two of us.

It was a time to reflect too on how much has happened over those years. The sad things and the happy ones; the family members we've lost and our new family members.

In the morning we went up to church, the one we, well I, always go to when we're in Rhodes. I've been there a lot so it's feeling very familiar now. Here's a slightly better photo of the St Francis mural. Still not a really good photo.

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Then we did our usual wandering around the Old Town. People always wonder why we go back to the same place when there are so many different places in the world to to see. Well I used to think that too, however I have to say I always see something new when we go to Rhodes and I also get a feeling of coming to a very friendly place, one I love.

Here's the memorial to the Jewish martyrs of Rhodes and those murdered in the death camps by the Nazis. I've never seen this before and I know we've passed down this street almost every time we've been here at the same time on a Sunday morning. I think the reason why we saw it this time is that there were very few people about this time as we walked down the street. Normally it's packed. Sorry the picture's not too clear but you get the feeling of the place. In the middle of a hustling bustling town, here's a little oasis of peace and tranquility.

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Here's something else we saw for the first time, a lady making carpets in the front of a shop. A dying trade apparently if you pardon the pun.

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The street traders were out in force trying to persuade you to buy. Not harassing you, just telling you about the craft and the bargains.

I love taking pictures of works in progress!

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I've noticed that when I'm wandering about I love seeing pictures through doorways, archways and holes like this. Not sure why. Here's a view through a hole in the old city walls.

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Wonder if it was a place the Knights of St John kept watch from.

One of the good things about visiting Rhodes on a cruise we discovered is how close the ship docks to the town. It's just a few minutes walk to the Old and New Towns. Also it gives you a different perspective on the Town too.

Here are the walls of the Old Town from the sea, well some of them.

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This is a view of the New Town and harbour, the other side of the photograph I took in May.

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Here's the photo I took from the quayside in May.
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A view of the top of the harbour. I'm pretty sure that's Turkey you can see in the distance.

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While I remember, here's a photo of the ship we travelled on.

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It wasn't one of those mega ships, I would have hated that. Just a nice size only 580 passengers and it was full. It could get into the smaller docks that the big cruise ships can't.

They were always washing and painting it when the ship docked. I kept wondering if the Queen was due on board as you can always smell fresh paint when she's expected anywhere.

Santorini tomorrow!

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10 comments:

  1. Hi Winifred!

    Belated Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary!

    The St. Francis mural is a lovely depiction of a saint who is close to my heart.

    What a fantastic trip you must have had!

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  2. Love these photos Winifred! They really make me wish I was there. Just BEAUTIFUL!
    St. Francis is also one of my favorites.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! Your trip sounds wonderful.
    Patsy

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  4. Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary Winifred.

    Your photos are lovely - makes me want to visit Rhodes myself. A x

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  5. I'm a few days behind, but am loving your trip.

    ~hippo hugs~

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  6. Lovely, lovely, photographs, what else can I say. Your vacation and celebration of 40 years together sounds wonderful. Congratulations!

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  7. Happy anniversary. Rhodes looks so familiar, although I have never been. I think its because the architecture is quite similar.

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  8. Thanks to everyone for your kind wishes.

    Loree, it's those Knights! They left a great cultural heritage with those fantastic buildings didn't they. It'll look even more familiar to you soon. Valletta is coming up!

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  9. Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding anniversary! The fifth and sixth photos are very similar to our Maltese architecture. The Knights of St John must have taken the same architects with them when they came to our island.: )

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