I have recently returned from Rhodes and I would like to share some pictures I took there. Greece has not invested so much money in tourism as Spain, which means that there are parks and buildings that look a little shabby and run down. However, in one respect Greece is marvellous: there is hardly a thief anywhere and no one tries to rip you off. I'll start by posting some photos of modern Rhodes Town. It's a little confusing that the island is called Rhodes and its capital is called Rhodes as well.Emotion: smile

Tomorrow, or some other day, I'll post more pictures. I hope you like these.

CB


A famous night club called Elli is in the background. There are so many Finnish tourists that some Finnish artists occasionally appear there.








You can have your picture or caricature drawn in Rhodes.








Some buildings haven't been taken very good care of. This one could easily be located in Dar es Salaam.Emotion: smile (I've been there, so I know!)






Here's another building that looks African. The bar flaunts three Scandinavian flags, though.
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Welcome back! It's nice to see the pictures. I stayed in Rhodes many years ago, but couldn't really remember what it looked like. I'm glad you had a good time!
Here are a few more pictures of modern Rhodes Town.


Rhodes isn't Las Vegas but it is possible to lose your money there. I never gamble. I've been to Las Vegas twice. The first time I lost 75 cents gambling and the second time I actually won some 15 dollars!


The Elli night club. Dancing every night in an old building.


I didn't stay at this hotel. I just took the picture to show how cars are parked in Greece.Emotion: smile A zebra crossing is no hindrance.


Jaakon viinakauppa = Jack's Liquor Store. Puhumme suomea = Finnish spoken. The Greek owner of the shop does speak broken Finnish. I don't know how and where he has learnt it.




"Swimming is prohibited" is an invitation for people to go and swim in the sea. I really don't know why swimming should be forbidden here. The water is as clean as it is elsewhere on the island. This is Rhodes Town's smallest beach, located close to the harbour.


Of the two main beaches of Rhodes Town, one is almost always so windy that it is actually called the Windy Beach by the tourists. The strong winds mean that the beach is less popular than the other beach, known as the Elli Beach due to the Elli night club being located on that beach. This is the Windy Beach.




This is the entrance to the Mandraki harbour/marina. Lots of private sail boats but also commercial boats that take tourists to Turkey, Lindos, Symi and other nearby islands.


A floating restaurant and bar in the Mandraki harbour.


The Mandraki harbour as seen from far away.


Cruise ships dock at Rhodes Town daily. The tourists only have to walk about 200 metres to the tourist shops of the Old Town.


The wall of the Old Town and some private boats.

Pictures of the Old Town to be expected in a day or two.

Cheers, CB
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Here are some pictures of mediaeval Rhodes. Some of the ruins are even older. On the other hand, many buildings were built after the Middle Ages. The Old Town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys and ancient ruins surrounded by a wall. There are countless shops, restaurants and bars for tourists. Some restaurants are located on the third or fourth floor and provide a nice view of the harbour. The Old Town is just five minutes' walk from the city centre of Rhodes Town.


A shady shopping alley.


The Clock Tower is the highest point in Rhodes Town.


These are the ruins of a church built in the 15th century.


The Chinese are even more efficient than the Nazis. They execute 1,604 people in three months.










These ruins of the Temple of Artistotle date back to approximately the year 300 BC.













Wow! Thanks for these stunning views! (I loved especialy those of the Old City) Emotion: smile
Cool Breeze"Swimming is prohibited" is an invitation for people to go and swim in the sea. I really don't know why swimming should be forbidden here. The water is as clean as it is elsewhere on the island.
Maybe it's dangerous... Are there any lifeguards?
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Cool Breeze"Swimming is prohibited" is an invitation for people to go and swim in the sea. I really don't know why swimming should be forbidden here. The water is as clean as it is elsewhere on the island.
Maybe it's dangerous... Are there any lifeguards?

No, no lifeguards but then there are no lifeguards at the other beaches either. If swimming is dangerous anywhere, it's the Windy Beach that is dangerous but even there people swim no matter how high the waves are. Perhaps it's the closeness of boats that is considered a possible hazard.
CB
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Excellent photo ! Thank you wery much .

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Excellent photos CB. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a great time.

We're off to Greece on Monday (different part). I hope the sky will be as clear as in your shots.

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This is the last batch. The pictures represent Lindos, which has a 3,000-year-old known history with its acropolis. It is said to be the most beautiful village in Rhodes. Faliraki is best known for its fine beach. Lindos is about 50 kilometres from Rhodes Town and Faliraki only 15 kilometres.




The ruins on top of the hill are being restored to their original splendour.






This is the view from the top.


We are half-way up.




A donkey ride upwards is available but you'll have to walk most of the journey anyway.


This is the Faliraki Beach hotel.


A railway engine - but no rails!


The Faliraki beach.








Homeward bound. A Finnair Boeing 757-200 will soon take us home. Established in 1923, Finnair is the fifth oldest airline in the world and one of the safest as well. Its most recent accident occurred in 1963. The pilots were drunk...Emotion: embarrassed Before that, the Russians shot down one plane over the Gulf of Finland during the Second World War.

CB
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