After a 3 hour bus ride from Selcuk, we arrive in the coastal party town and vacation hotspot of Marmaris. Here we boarded a ferry to our next country, Greece. The ferry (a catamaran) crossing to the Greek island of Rhodes took only 3 hours, so we arrived at about noon.
Upon arrival, we purchased tickets for the ferry to Crete, leaving that night at 2:00 a.m. This meant we had about 13 hours to explore Rhodes.
From the port, we took a taxi to a place called Butterfly Valley, about 50 kilometres from the city of Rhodes. Here we found relief from the constant heat (every day has been in the mid 30s) in a cool, treed valley. We saw countless butterflies, a few lizards, and a few crabs next to the stream that flowed down the small valley.
Back in Rhodes, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant recommended as ‘local’ by our taxi driver Nicolas. The food was incredible! We had Greek salad, spaghetti bolognaise, and a dish featuring eggplant stuffed with rice and pork.
We went down to the beach for a bit before hopping on and off a hop-on-hop-off bus that toured the city. Most of the city of Rhodes is contained by an intact fortress wall built 600 years ago by the Knights of St. John. Rhodes, of course, was the site for one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes. This statue of Greek Titan Helios literally stood with his feet on either side of the harbour entrance. Today, only parts of the two bases remain.
We then walked throughout the old part of the city before sitting down for some gyros and souvlaki for dinner. With the night’s darkness upon us, we walked along the fortification wall by the sea. We settled down on a beach near the port where our ship would leave from in a few hours. We all caught a few winks of sleep there on the beach with our backpacks as pillows.
We boarded the ferry, which was late, at about 3:00 a.m. It was a press of people, squeezing past each other trying to get in first. What reason is unbeknownst to me. We had purchased the cheapest tickets which put us on the open deck. The damp wind had picked up throughout the evening and night so we looked for a place somewhat out of its blast. We landed up sleeping on several large boxes in which life preservers are stored. The night was cool, damp, and windy. The boat rocked and wallowed in the white-capped sea as we made our way west towards Crete. A night under the stars it was!