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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Byzantine Fortress, Rhodes, Greece



I was bumming around the Mediterranean in September of a long ago year, and happened to find myself on Rhodes. I  say "happened to" because anyone who has spent time there knows that if you want to visit different islands, you are at the mercy of the ferry schedules.  I just happened to catch a ferry from Kos to Rhodes, and had some time to kill before moving on to Crete.  After touring the city of Rhodes, which is spectacular in its own right, I decided to be adventurous.

So, I rented a Vespa and headed inland.  That's my routine when traveling, just wing it and go off where most rational tourists don't.  I often find hidden gems that way.  I wouldn't call this site exactly hidden, but I doubt it is the most visited tourist attraction, either.  It is a lonely, almost delicate Byzantine fortress stuck up on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere.  Why they thought they needed a fort there, well, I suppose you'd have to go back to 1200 A.D. and ask them.

It was delightful.  The fact that it was an unseasonably cloudy day probably kept a lot of visitors away.  As a student of Byzantine history, I had great fun just being there, though there wasn't much more to see than there is in this picture.  That's me standing there all alone.

After enjoying the view for a while, I hopped on my Vespa and headed to an archaeological dig.  And then it started to rain....

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