Friday, 27 September 2013

Rhodes Town

One of our last visits on Rhodes was to Rhodes Town, the largest inhabited medieval city in Europe. Such is it's architectural significance that it was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. It really is the most extraordinary city and despite its age bustles like any modern city does. We love to wander around all the back streets; despite the maze of narrow roads it is very difficulty to get lost. One of the most significant roads is the Street of the Knights. It dates back to the Middle Ages where several ancient inns were found, each was for the tongue which a particular knight spoke e.g French , German, Greek etc. The road is still completely cobbled and you really can imagine those feet which have walked before you hundreds of years ago.
At the top of the street is the Castle of the Grand Masters' and from there is is possible to get an idea of how safe the city walls must have been due to their sheer size and thickness.

There are plenty of shops in the streets and lots of great cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

We found a perfect place in the shade to sit and eat our picnic.
We also found that we were honoured to share an obviously favourite resting spot with this little sweetie
Who woke up and came and said hello
We also walked around to the Harbour to see which of the giant cruise liners were in dock

It's hard to miss the Queen Elizabeth, she dwarfed everything in sight.

I would put Rhodes Town on my bucket list of must see places,  it really is the most  incredible city.
The emblem of Rhodes is the deer and although there are few remaining on the island now I decided to use the reindeer version to inspire my card for today's card challenge; I also included a hint of blue inspired by those gorgeous blue skies we saw.

The image is from Nicecrane Designs from one of my favourite of the Christmas ACEO background sheets called "Adorable Christmas"  They are a perfect size for using on 5" X 5" cards. They would also make fab gifts tags, which is another of my planned projects.

I have been playing with several of these images and I will share some other cards I made with them over the coming weeks. The sheet is available here
Below is a close up of the great image I used; you can nearly hear those sleigh bells can't you!
I used my lovely new snowflake embossing plate and some MB snowflake die cuts. Behind the image is a great Joy craft die.The new sweet snowman is a retired Sizzix die I managed to get from the USA. I used them to layer up a nearly white on white background. I just added a little TH  Broken China distress ink to give a touch of blue. The sentiment is  LOTV stamped onto Kraft card and the sweet reindeer charm is from my jewellery stash. There are also 2 pale blue pearls in the corners.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Anything goes
Rhedd and Rosie Something for the men
Country View Crafts Layers 
Natalie and Amy Embossing
Whimsy Cards Masculine
Party Time Tuesdays Anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin Santa
Make it Monday Linky party #159
Die Cut Divas celebrate
Oldie but a Goodie Dies/punches my Memory box die is from last Christmas and the red brad is at least 3 years old!

We are really looking forward to the weekend as my best friend and her Hb are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary with a meal and tea party afterwards on Sunday. The weather is still beautiful here and tomorrow we hope to get out for a walk to see the glorious colours which the trees are showing off at the moment. I have also spotted that the conkers are starting to fall ;0) Something else is back this evening...yes Strictly Come Dancing..woop woop, it really is the countdown to Christmas now (89 days for those of us who like to know ;0)

Enjoy your weekend and I hope you find a little time for some creativity too. Thanks for visiting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi sweet Jane, What lovely photos. The sea and sky are just so gorgeous. I think kitty cats find you two, they can feel the love! The Queen Elizabeth is so huge and impressive, but I like to tour by land!
    Your weekend sounds like lots of it true about the "C" word. I love "C" but holy cow how can it be possible!?!
    Almost forgot love your card, great hint of blue!

  2. Hello dear Jane,

    Wonderful pictures, that place looks almost unreal, sort of movie prop. I definitely would love to visit there too! And The Queen Elizabeth... majestic to say the least :)

    And oh my, only 80-something days to go... I can't believe it! But you, Mrs. C., are once again so well prepared, one beautiful card after another!

    Lovely weekend!


  3. I so love going along with you to all these historic places with such amazing things to see! I adore that card.. you're like the card master! Did you go to see your daughter yet? How's the bump doing! :-)
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Wowwww Amazing Christmas Card,,,,Jane,,,love your stunning embossed back and the snowflake,,,,You use my Reindeer pict, perfectly,,,,,,,Jane,,,,,,,.I envy youe Rhodes pictures,,,,OMG,,and waht a great,woww.

  5. You had the most fabulous holiday Jane as can be seen in your gorgeous photos, it looks like it needs to go on my list of places to visit. Your card is stunning, your use of white and blue with the vintage image is perfect, love it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  6. Beautiful photographs of Rhodes Jane and your new card is just gorgeous...I love the hints of blue behind the's so pretty! (I definitely think gift tags too x)
    Happy Weekend!
    Susan x
    P.S ...and I'll definitely be watching Strictly tonight!

  7. What a beautiful place Rhodes City is, I love the fact that it is so old and all that history it holds! I also love those blue skies!
    I do love that reindeer image, I also love the fact that's it's only 96 days to pre-spring! ;)
    Happy weekend my friend, have fun at the party,
    V xxx
    P.S. Didn't Strictly get off to a great start!

  8. Fabulous card, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xxx
    Ps sorry I removed my first comment I put tag instead of card xx

  9. Hi Jane I have visited RHodes town many times ,thanks for showing your pics and bringing back fan memories for me.
    Love the card you have made,gorgeous intake reindeer images
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

  10. That snowy scene is a real contrast to those blue skies! Great card, I love the dimension. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  11. Wow this is gorgeous, love your use of colour to enhance the diecuts and embossing. The design showcases the image perfectly.
    Thanks for joining us at NATALIE & AMY’S this month, hope we see you again soon. Hugs Sheryl xx

  12. Your card has such a lovely vintage feel! I think the die cut snowflakes and embossed background makes a great card base for this beautiful reindeer image! I spotted your card on MIM.

  13. A very beautiful card Jane. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas this month

  14. What a great post. I really love your card. It is so festive & the blue is amazing. Thank you for playing along with us at Die Cut Divas.

  15. Hi Jane, thank you for entering An Oldie But A Goodie again, but unfortunately this is your forth entry and the challenge only allows three into any one challenge :(. Thank you so much for your interest in this challenge but this card only will not go into the prize draw (your previous three entries will).

  16. Rhodes looks gorgeous! As does your lovely Christmas card, spotted it on MIM xx

  17. Lovely card. I have been to Rhodes Town and loved it, can't wait to go back.

    Thanks so much for coming over and joining in with our 16th Challenge at Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  18. Love the Christmas card. I am already making them too.

    Glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

  19. Great card! Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenge this week. Hope to see you again soon :)
    Hugs, Natascha

  20. Your card is very pretty! I really like that charm! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  21. I think this is my favorite of all your cards so far. I love the white on white and how you used the art in the center. Love it! Also love gettting to follow your footsteps on your travels. Thanks!

  22. Lovely photos of historic Rhodes Town, Jane captured it so well and it really is steeped in history. Your latest card is beautiful, I love the snowy frosty border and the vintage reindeer image.
    Wishing you a happy October!
    Helen x

  23. Gorgeous card Jane and wonderful photographies!
    Thank You!
    I feel I was there ;)

  24. HI Jane, I have just popped back to say thanks for sharing your stunning card at Country View Crafts September challenge.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  25. gorgeous card. thanks for joining us at Rhedd and Rosies . Hugs Tina x

  26. This card is absolutely PERFECT for our "Here Comes Santa" challenge. The image is beautiful and the diecuts are outstanding. Thanks for joining us at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge and hope to see you again next month! --Gail, CSS DT

    I love your vacation pictures. What a wonderful photogenic place!


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