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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Gertrude Bell
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Thurs 20. [20 March 1902] Lovely morning. We ran down the
enchanting broken coast and sea full of islands. Printed
photographs. At 1 we arrived at Rhodes [Rodhos] and went on
shore. Lovely fortified harbour built by the Knights. We walked up the
famous Street which is full of 17th or 16th cent work, very nice, square
moulding to the doors, labels to the windows and lots of coats of
arms. Fine gate at the top of the hill. Then down through the bazaars
meeting some Arabs from Yemen with whom we talked. Sat and eat
oranges and drank coffee under the gate of the port - for it was raining
hard - a fine double towered gate - and so back to the Cleopatra. We
now talk Italian at meals which answers better. Talked to the Doctor
after dinner a Czech from Prag [Praha], a bitter little man - we talk
German - and played Picquet. The 1st officer is a dear old thing with
a bald[?] head. It was Bairam - all the Turks in their best.

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