Yesterday it was time to leave the beach and take in some cultural sights. After our usual long and lazy breakfast
(even breakfast caters to the English here) we went to the bus station.
We needed to catch the bus at 11am due to the early closing of the Grand Master Palace. We were sitting and waiting for the bus, 11:15 came and went, Andrea was sure this was it with the bus for 11. I wanted to wait for the next one at 12:30 right at the station, cause apparently one cannot be sure when it comes.
But the public transport decided to surprise us, the bus came around 11:22. We later found out that the bus schedule at our station was outdated and the bus was just 5 minutes behind its correct schedule. Quite impressive!
I also have to thank our bus driver, who took us on without a ticket. He turned other people away without a ticket (maybe because we looked really honest and they didn’t?). We bought our tickets on arrival in Rhodes City and gave them to him. He looked happy to have his character judgment confirmed.
First and foremost we wanted to see the Grand Master Palace. Since it closes at 3pm during June we had to hurry a bit. We took in the exhibition of ancient Rhodes and the made a tour of the Palace. It got destroyed in 1856 and was in the 1930s renovated by Italians for Victor Emanuel and then later for the Duce. Neither was ever here. Below the street of knights leading to the Palace.
Medusa (the mosaics were taken from old houses on Kos)
and the nine muses (we couldn’t even name one)
All this culture made us hungry and after walking around a bit more
we decided on having a late lunch. Greek meze did the trick for us and this time we even took some pictures.
Around 5pm we left the restaurant and walked around a bit more. The old part of Rhodes City is really beautiful.
Since we couldn’t meet the owner of this yacht, we just walked around the port some more on the way to the bus station.
The way back was easy, just asked for the right bus and squeezed in before everyone else. So nice to sit after all the walking around. We made it back to the hotel shortly after 7pm, swam in the pool and enjoyed a beer for dinner. What a lovely day.