Well here I am on my last stop of the Dodecanese: Rhodes, in glorious sunshine. Actually, I’ve been home in Australia for a month, missing the Greek summer weather terribly, catching up on life at home and trying to finish my trip photos and blog; so I hope you forgive me. You can visit the site ellydegooyer.com and subscribe via email for new updates and previous posts.
This was my second trip to Rhodes, after visiting briefly in 2015. After all our travels through the Dodecanese you can see how perfectly situated it is to be the centre of power and influence in this region. It was fitting to complete my travels here in Rhodes, as the sea-faring Rhodians, in collaboration with the Cretans, founded Gela in Sicily in the 700 BC. So having visited Gela in Sicily as well as Crete in this trip, it was a nice final link to my many weeks of travel.
Of course, Rhodes was also a pivotal location during the Byzantium Empire, when the Fortress was built. Later, the Knights of St. John converted it into the Palace of the Grand Masters. While the Ottomans unfortunately made a mess of it by using it as a prison and weapons storage facility and finally the Italians “restored” it in their own style. With all that messy influence the Old City of Rhodes is still a lovely site to visit and the Palace and Fortress walls very impressive to behold. The walk around the dry moat and the upper wall is well worth doing if you ever visit; as is a visit to the Palace of the Grand Masters with its own museums of Rhodes; and of course the Archaeology museum, where a lot of the mosaics and statues displayed actually came from Kos.
Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being attacked by sea serpents (modern copy)
And so I headed home to Australia, to a cold Victorian winter..