WONDERS OF RHODES

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Cu siguranta toata lumea asociaza Rodosul cu legenda celebrului colos care a fost ridicat aici in antichitate. Impunatoarea statuie a fost distrusa de un cutremur, iar astazi nici macar locatia exacta nu i se cunoaste. Recent s-ar fi descoperit dovezi cum ca statuia a fost ridicata pe un deal in apropiera Rodusului – unde acum puteti vizita stadionul, amfiteatrul si ruinele templului lui Apollo. Insa alte teorii sustin ca aceasta a fost ridicata in port. In amintirea legendei, pe locul in care se prepupune ca a fost ridicat Colosul acum stau doua statui – un cerb si o ciuta. Legenda colosului a fascinat insa intregi generatii – a inspirat celebra statuie a libertatii si producatorii Game of Thrones au creeat Titanul din Braavos dupa chipul si asemanarea Colosului din Rodos. Se vorbeste despre un proiect prin care un nou colos ar putea sa ia nastere in Rodos, insa mai e cale lunga pana acolo. I’m pretty sure that when people think Rhodes, they automatically associate the island with the legend of the Colossus, the statue that stood here in ancient times. It was destroyed by an earthquake, and today we don’t even know the exact location. Recently, some excavations place the statue on a hill, next to Rhodes City, where you can now visit the stadium, theatre and the temple of Apollo. Other theories claim that the statue was located in the harbor. Here two statues remind us of the possible location – a buck and a deer. The Colossus legend fascinated entire generations – it even inspired the famous statue of liberty, and the producers of Game of Thornes created the Braavos Titan after the legendary statue from Rhodes. There’s talk of a new colossus in Rhodes, but it looks like there’s a long way to go.

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STEP INTO HISTORY

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In primele mele zile in Rodos nu mai stiam unde sa ma uit; stanga-dreapta numai minuni ale lumii antice, cladiri care parca au inghetat in timp si te transporta in alta era. Marea de un albastru superb prezenta si ea mereu in peisaj, iar deasupra cerul de un albastru incredibil, pentru ca in Rodos vara nu ploua decat foarte rar (asta ca sa nu ma hazardez si sa spun niciodata). Si da, chiar si atunci cand te uiti in jos aici ai ce admira. La fiecare pas pasesti pe mozaicuri superbe, din pietre de mare, care nu iti incanta numai privirea, ci iti ofera si un masaj la talpi. Nu va incaltati cu tocuri sau pantofi cu talpa subtire, veti avea nevoie de pantofi cu talpa mai groasa pentru plimbarile pe aleile vechi.

Dupa cum vedeti, niciun mozaic nu seamana cu celalat, iar eu nu am capturat decat o mica parte.

During my first days in Rhodes I didn’t know where to look first; to my left and my right, wonders of the ancient world, buildings that looked frozen in time and made me feel like a time – traveler. The gorgeous blue sea was always in the picture, and above I could always see an incredible sky because it barely rains during the summer in Rhodes (to be more accurate, it never rains). And yes, even when you look down you will be amazed. With each step, there are beautiful mosaics, crafted out of sea stones, which not only are a sight for the eyes, they also offer a foot massage. Don’t wear heels or light shoes, you’ll need a thicker sole to walk the old streets.

As you can see, no mosaic looks like the others, and I only managed to capture a few of them.

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REVIEW: MITSIS LA VITA HOTEL, RHODES

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Dupa o vacanta superba o sa descriu si hotelul in care ne-am cazat: Mitsis la Vita, la doar 15 minute de orasul vechi. Nu am nimic sa le reprosez, personalul a fost amabil si foarte prompt. Mobila din camera ar putea fi imbunatatita putin, dar nu este cazul sa vorbim momentan de camere invechite. Am avut o camera cu balcon si vedere laterala spre mare. Pe balcon era o adevarata placere sa stai seara sa bei o bere in adierea brizei. De aici mai urmaream pisicile din curtea invecinata dar si acesta masinarie haioasa care mi-a placut incredibil de mult. After an amazing vacation let’s also talk a bit about the hotel: Mitsis la Vita, located at about 15 minutes from the old town. There’s nothing to complain about, the personal was helpful and well trained. The room furniture could use some updating, but it’s not very old or outdated. We had a balcony room and a side sea view. It was a real pleasure to sit at night on the balcony and drink a beer and feel the sea breeze. I observed the cats from next door and this very nice contraption.
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Balcony view

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RHODES, DAYS 7 & 8

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Am renuntat sa mai detaliez ziua a 7-a si asta pentru ca a fost o zi de leneveala, plaja, fructe proaspete si balaceala in mare. Ne-am luat adio intr-un mod perfect de la insula Rodos. Mi-a placut mult ca grecii au fost prietenosi si mai ales comunicativi. Te trezeai pe strada sau in restaurant cu cate un localnic care te intreba de viata. Daca iti place aici, de unde esti, daca iti place mancarea si ce ai vizitat … si tot asa. Desi duc o viata boema si la pranz ii vezi pe toti cum lenevesc la siesta, am observat ca sunt extrem de corecti. Mi s-a parut foarte amuzanta o intamplare petrecuta cu vanzatorul de la care ne-am luat zilnic portia de fructe pe plaja. Chiar in ultima zi de plaja am cumparat printre altele si o caserola cu pepene galben. Pana acum toate fructele au fost delicioase. Ei bine de data asta nu, pepenele avea un gust oribil asa ca ne-am indreptat cu el spre cel mai apropiat cos de gunoi. Nu aveam de gand sa mergem sa cerem banii inapoi pentru ca nu am considerat ca am patit o paguba atat de mare si oricum eram atat de relaxati incat nu prea mai conta nimic 🙂 Ce credeti? Vazatorul ne-a ochit cu caserola plina langa cosul de gunoi si a venit sa ceara detalii. I-am explicat ce s-a intamplat si am primit o caserola noua cu pepene delicios. Reactia lui a fost una normala, dar avand in vedere ca in Romania multi sunt obisnuiti sa incerce sa iti fure fure chiar si un leu mie mi s-a parut tare dragut din partea lui. I didn’t write about our 7-th day here, and that’s because we had a very relaxing time at the beach, with fresh fruits and many baths in the sea. It was a perfect goodbye. I enjoyed very much the fact that the locals were friendly and communicative. They would just come up and ask about your day or if you like it here, where are you from, if you like what you saw, how was your day … and so on. Even if they lead a bohemian life, with a daily lunch siesta, I noticed they are very fair. And to prove it here’s a story with a very nice salesman from which we bought our daily dose of fruits on the beach. On our last day, we bought amongst others, a cantaloupe casserole. Until now, all fruits were delicious. But not this time … it tasted horrible so we headed straight to the trash bin. We were not planning on demanding our money back or something like that because it was not that big of a deal. Also, we were so relaxed that nothing else mattered 🙂 But what do you think? The fruit salesman saw us with a full casserole right next to the trash bin and came to ask for details. When we told him what happened he went and got us another casserole with a delicious content. His reaction was the normal one but considering that in Romania many people only think about stealing even a single penny, I found his reaction really nice.

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RHODES, DAY 6

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Daca ati mai citit blogul, atunci stiti deja ca sunt pasionata de sport. Si cum sa ratez un obiectiv sportiv tocmai in vacata? Putin in afara orasului puteti da o fuga pana la Monte Smith (o colina denumita dupa un general britanic) – aici puteti vedea stadionul antic, un mic amfiteatru si templul lui Apollo, toate sunt incluse intr-un parc natural, iar intrarea este gratuita. Am ajuns pana aici cu unul dintre cele doua autobuze turistice, care avea statie la doar 5 minute de hotel. Sunt doua astfel de autobuze (rosu si galben) care circula din ora in ora.  Biletul costa 15 euro de dimineata sau 12 euro dupa ora 12. Biletul e valabil toata ziua. Aveti insa grija la culoarea autobuzului, biletul nu este valabil pentru ambele linii. Acelasi tur il puteti face si cu trenuletul turistic, biletul costa 7 euro, insa e valabil pentru un singur drum. Am fost singurii turisti care au coborat din autocar, iar timp de o ora am admirat in liniste ruinele antice. Stadionul s-a pastrat destul de bine, in special o parte din tribuna. De aici, puteti continua traseul cu autobuzul sau trenuletul, abele acopera foarte bine cele mai importante obiective din Rodos. If you’ve read my blog before, then you know I am very passionate about sports. And how could I have missed an ancient sports site in my vacation? Outside the town, you can find Monte Smith (a hill named after a British general) – here you can visit the ancient stadium, a small amphitheater and the temple of Apollo, all of them are included in a natural park, with free entrance. We arrived here with the hop on hop off bus, the station was just 5 minutes away from our hotel. There are two buses (red and yellow), with an hourly schedule. One ride is 15 euros in the morning, or 12 euros by noon. A ticket is available for the day. You can also take this ride in a tourist train for 7 euros for a one-way ticket. We were the only tourists who descended from the bus to visit the site, and for an hour we admired the ancient ruins. The stadium is well preserved, especially the spectator seating. From here, you can continue to visit Rhodes by bus or train, both cover the most important touristic objectives.

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RHODES, DAY 5

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Nu stiu cum a zbuat timpul si deja a trecut si ziua a 5-a de vacanta. Astazi am explorat la pas minunatiile din orasul vechi. Pasii ne-au dus pe celebra strada a cavalerilor (Ippoton), care si-a pastrat in totalitate farmecul medieval. Pe vremuri loc de odihna pentru cavaleri, strada gazduieste acum multe cladiri ministeriale. Time flies here in Rhodes, it’s already our 5-th day here. Today, we explored all the wonders in the old town. Our steps took us on the famous Knights Street (Ippoton), which kept its original charm over the years. Once, this street housed the knights, now it’s host for many ministerial buildings.

 

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