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Returning to Kusadasi, Turkey, we were given an interesting presentation on the art of Turkish rug-weaving, a job done only by Turkish women, although men run the business of rug sales. I succumbed and bought a wool and cotton runner, which was mailed to me in the states. I love it!
In leaving Turkey we passed through an area where Europe and Asia are divided by a small island in a narrow channel of Mediterranean waters.
Our second stop of Day 5 was at Patmos, the Greek island where St. Peter lived in a grotto and wrote letters concerning his Christian beliefs. Some of my companions walked up a steep hill and visited the grotto, but I had twisted my ankle in Rhodes and found the uneven footing, once we'd left the streets and sidewalks, to be difficult to transverse. So I headed back down the hill and occupied myself with a drink of ouzo at a bar across the street from our cruise liner.
We travelled while sleeping. A good night of rest really helped my ankle recuperate. By the next morning, when we docked on Day 6 in the port at Rhodes, I was ready to explore. We were given much of the day wonder within the city walls.
I loved seeing this walled city, exploring inside of the turrets, and peering across a now-dry moat to the port where, once, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World resided...the Colossus of Rhodes. My understanding is that a sculpture once spanned the harbour entrance, with one foot of the huge Colossus on each side of the entrance. These days bronze-cast animals that look like antelope stand on pillars at either side of the entrance to the port.
I found a 12th century castle fortress, full of Roman mosaic floors, to be fascinating. I also liked the row of cannons just outside the castle entrance. They were aimed across a now-dry moat.
I had the nicest, most relaxing luncheon of our trip at an outdoor restaurant in Rhodes. I enjoyed the food, drink, and my companions: Maggie, Cathy and Mike, from among the Washburn travellers.
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