Travels to a Different Time By a 12 Year Old Boy: June 1970 On Board the TMVK Knossos to Rhodes

We took a taxi from Athens to its port city Piraeus which was somewhat on the raunchy side of things. We had a cold greasy lunch and then boarded our ship the TMVK Knossos bound for several islands including our destination Rhodes. It would be an overnight trip and Mom had purchased second class tickets and cabin. Never being on a passenger ship I suppose I was expecting something fancy but this ship had seen better days. A steward showed us to our berth which had bunk beds and looked more like a Siberian prison camp room than anything fancy. There was not even a porthole. At least there were many interesting people on board. I slept a good deal of the time adjusting myself to the 8-hour time difference while Mom said she met a very interesting South African couple Jenny and Charlie Horse. There is a large Greek population in South Africa. We had a chicken dinner sitting with the South African couple. It as served by a dreamy waiter. Next day for breakfast there was more of the spartan Greek breakfast but the bread was stale and the jam was of poor quality. We met a very nice German doctor from West Berlin called Heidi Boden. We approached an island and I asked the deckhand if this was Rhodes. He said “of course” but he was saying in reality it was the island of Kos. Lucky for us I spoke to a deckhand that spoke some English who said Rhodes would be the next stop. There were hotel representatives at the dock and we followed one man to his hotel but it was too far away from the centre. A representative from another hotel had been tailing us and pounced on us seeing we rejected the hotel so we ended up at a centrally located hotel called The Pearl.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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