Greek-Crusaders Rhodes: City and Island

 

Medieval walls of Rhodes city, Greece.

Medieval walls of Rhodes, Greece.

April. Does it really matter that swimming season doesn’t really start for another two months? Here, you always breathe sea air, the sun shines brightly even in winter, and two seas “embrace” the beautiful island of Rhodes, Greece. Almost every Greek island has its own ancient history, special coloring, and antique attractions, but Rhodes stands out from them. Well, what do you know about this tiny island?

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Why Sailing and Why the Island of Rhodes?

 

The island of Rhodes, Greece.

The island of Rhodes, Greece.

Did you ever wonder why sailing is so appealing? It is attractive even for people who cannot travel by yacht a few minutes without Dramamine. It is attractive even for people who cannot swim, and who are afraid of the sea. But most of all, sailing, yachts, and the sea are attractive for people who have never seen them except on pictures or in the movies.

What can be more beautiful than a snow-white sailboat, full sail entering the blue bay? Looking at such a beautiful view, almost every one of us thinks about what we have not done in our life, or “What am I doing here?” “Why am I not on this sailboat?” or at least we recall our childhood dreams.

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Ancient Greek Statues from My Childhood


Poseidon or Zeus. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Greece.

Poseidon or Zeus. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Greece.

Summer. Athens is melting in the heat, thermometers show 40 degrees in the shade. You can, of course, spend all your time on the beach, but it is unforgivable for Greece. Even if you rest on the islands, muster the courage and make a day trip to Athens. Agree with me, it is better to look at ancient Greek artifacts with your own eyes than read about them in travel blogs.

However, an assault of the Acropolis in summer is a real horror. Yes, the Parthenon is majestic and caryatids are beautiful, but Athens has the one place where you can find the most important Greek artifacts and enjoy them in very comfortable conditions. I’m speaking of the biggest museum in Greece—the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. It has some rare sculptures and ceramics dated to as early as the 11th century B.C.

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