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One Greek island stop.....

And the poor attempt to save the Greek tourism industry!

sunny 36 °C

After two days at sea we were off the ship and onto land to visit Rhodes. This island, just off the coast of Turkey was once the home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. Now there is little more than stories to describe how big this statue actually was. Too bad they didn't have selfie sticks back then so we could know for sure!!!!

We ventured on a island tour that included a tour around the old city and put to the Valley of the Butterflies. Now no shore excursion would be complete without a shopping stop so we headed to a ceramic shop where they make something called a Pythagorus cup. It seems Pythagorus didn't want his students to drink more than their share of wine so he invented a cup that, if overfilled, would have the liquid come out the bottom. Clever way to keep your students at the same stage of sobriety during the lectures!!!!

It turns out that what we were about to see was actually moths not butterflies. I am sure some marketer felt people would flock to see butterflies more than to see moths. Off we went to a peaceful and serene part of the island. It seems there are millions of moths drawn to this area to the sweet trees between June and September. We saw hundreds of them and they were quite amazing, a bit hard to spot when they were in the trees but a stunning red when they were flying.

And back to civilization and our encounter with the Greeks and beer and Wifi. Lesson learned - don't always pick the first establishment. We did and we're served up the "medium" beer which was actually a huge beer served in a glass boot. Now don't get me wrong. The beer tasted good even though they extracted 8.90 Euros for each of the beers ( about 15.00 CAD). It might have been easier to swallow, so to speak, if their Wifi worked. Finally, he signed into his neighbours Wifi and things were better. Sigh! Good luck with your economic recovery Greece.

Posted by jonaway 07:51 Archived in Greece

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