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Day 3: Rhodes Town

After we'd cooled off last night we went and sat on the hotel roof terrace with an Aperol Spritz.

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Later on we headed into town to find some more food. The restaurant we ended up in had loads of Greek food. I went for my favourite pastitsio...

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...while Helen was more adventurous and went for a plate that had a mixture of multiple Greek dishes.

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By the time we'd finished eating it was fully dark. The mosque in the centre of town looked beautiful illuminated.

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Our plan for Monday was to go for a walk around the moat, which lies between the two layers of fortified walls that surround the town.

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We entered from one of the city gates and found that the moat was pretty much deserted, although it wasn't particularly early in the morning; probably around 10am.

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It was a really nice place to stroll around. There was the odd palm tree...

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...a lot of spherical stones which we assume were meant to be reminiscent of cannon balls...

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...and an area which looks like it's used for theatre performances.

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Every so often we'd come to a bridge across the moat, leading through one of the gates into the town centre.

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It wasn't possible to get up to there from here which wasn't a problem for us, but later on we did meet two ladies who seemed to have followed a sign for the old town and ended up walking around the moat!

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The walls on the sides of the moat were incredibly high.

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They seemed to be home to a large population of lizards.

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And these were big lizards!

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As we progressed further around the moat we did run into a few other groups of people, but it was mostly pretty quiet.

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It was fun to see the different towers of the walls from a different angle.

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As we circled round we began to get a view of the larger fortifications within the town.

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Soon we had made it round to the Palace of the Grand Master.

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We exited the old town through one of the gates...

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...and emerged down by the sea.

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We could see the fortress we'd walked out to yesterday...

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...as well as the windmills...

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...and the statues of the two deer.

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We walked along by the sea for a while, looking for the town beach. It turned out to be quite underwhelming; different bits of the beach seemed to be belong to different establishments and it was completely covered in different types of sun loungers. We had to walk quite a while before we eventually came to a section of beach that was public.

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It was a pebbly beach rather than sandy.

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The day was quite windy again and we saw people paragliding.

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We also had a really good view across to the Turkish coast.

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On the way back into town we walked through a small garden, which was in front of the beach.

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Then we found a cafe, where we had what might possibly be the world's largest iced coffees!

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Our next plan was to walk around the top of the town walls.

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Our landlady had told us that it was possible to do this, but only between the hours of 12 and 3 and not on Sundays, so we hadn't been able to try it yesterday. We bought tickets for the very reasonable price of EUR 3 each from the ticket office of the Palace of the Grand Master, then walked up onto the walls.

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There was a fantastic view back towards the castle....

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...and also out over the town.

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From here we could see how many mosques and minarets there had once been here.

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We could also look down on the moat where we'd been walking earlier.

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At times we could even see the sea.

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It was a really lovely place to stroll around and look down on the old town.

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We even tried a selfie, though it wasn't necessarily massively successful as I'd forgotten to pack my selfie stick.

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Eventually we began to approach the end of the section you can walk around.

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We climbed down by one of the town gates.

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We found a shady restaurant where we got a table under a tree and ordered a carafe of wine. It came as a very snazzy jug!

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We had a really nice meal there, finishing up with a Greek coffee (which is very similar to a Turkish coffee!!)

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Then we just had time for another stroll around the town, passing another mosque...

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...some indeterminate ruins...

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...and getting another view of the most impressive gate in the walls, before finally heading back to the hotel to cool off.

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