After the island paradise of Mykonos, our next port of call was the historical city of Rhodes on the island of Rhodes.
Selfie time (in the wind lol)!
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and sits at the sunny southeastern extreme of Greece, just 11 miles from Turkey. As a long time bridge between the Aegean islands and Asia Minor, Rhodes is an exotic cultural mash-up of Greek, Turkish, and Crusaders from all over Europe.
One of the most interesting streets is Ippoton Street, also known as the Avenue of the Knights. Leading downhill from the palace, the street is like a medieval EPCOT. The Knights of St. John were divided into seven separate language groups, each one assigned to defending a different section of wall. Each group lived in an inn on this street that re-created the home they left behind. To this day, the Spanish order's inn still feels like Spain, the German's order resembles a German fort, and so on. So fascinating!
It was a pretty warm day as we were exploring so Jane cooled off with Chris' Mtn Dew and Fox enjoyed an ice cream.
When the Italians took over control of the island in the early 20th century, they thoroughly restored the palace and even upgraded it in parts to make it a fitting island retreat for their king, Victor Emmanuel III.
In 1552, Ottoman Sultan Süleyman defeated the knights and the Ottomans subsequently controlled Rhodes for centuries and erected mosques, minarets, and Turkish baths throughout the city.
About halfway done with the cruise :) Next stop: one of my major bucketlist cities: OIA, SANTORINI!