Every year in late May, thousands of nocturnal Jersey Tiger moths descend on a small valley on a large island in the Aegean Sea. The moths are drawn to Petaloudes (Butterfly Valley) by the post-rainy season moisture and the scent of the continent’s only Oriental Sweetgum Forest. The number of moths and how long they stay does vary. Generally they’re there through the Summer. Butterfly Valley is located on the island of Rhodes, about 16 miles from Rhodes Town. Rhodes is a port of call on most Aegean cruises.

Can you name that country? 
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On day 3 of our Greek Islands cruise, we woke up in Rhodes. This was our longest port stop, 7am-6pm.

Rhodes Town, Grand Master's Palace and Medieval walls

Rhodes Town, Grand Master’s Palace and Medieval walls

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Greek Island Cruise Diary – Day 1

We boarded our Greek Island cruise at around 10am at Athens’ Piraeus port. We’re traveling on a four-day cruise on the Louis Cruise Lines on the Olympia ship. Ports of call will be Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Continue reading