I can’t believe my 2 weeks in Greece are coming to an end today – the time has both flown and stood still. I feel so reinvigorated and free-spirited and I still have another 6 countries and 7 weeks to go!!
My ferry to Turkey wasn’t scheduled to depart until 5pm, so I had another full day to enjoy here in Rhodes and I was going to spend it doing something a little bit different. I booked in for a retro e-bike photo tour! I have to admit that I thought the tour would be taking us to great places to take photos and I was delighted to find out that, yes, we were going to some great places, but they were professional photographers and would be taking the pictures for me!
I arrived at the super cool Odix Concept Store, which is a combination of a Coworking space, yoga studio, cafe and travel tour company (I could really see something like this at Burleigh!) and was greeted by Iri, my guide for the tour who informed me that I was the only person booked in – so I had her undivided attention and camera lens! It was a Sunday morning and the whole city seemed to be resting, it felt like we had every major landmark to ourselves!
The e-bikes were so much fun to ride (I am definitely getting one when I get back home!) and the tour was just delightful, riding in the early morning sun around the layers of moats surrounding the palace, out to the pier, through the old town, out to the Acropolis and then up to a fabulous look out that had views across the whole city and out across the ocean to Turkey.
After the tour I headed to the beach to take up a sunlounge at Ronda’s, the fanciest beach bar on this side of Rhodes and I bathed in the sun and in the sea for the next 4 hours until it was time to pick up my bags from the hotel and head over to catch the ferry to Marmaris.
Arrival into Turkey was quick and efficient, I was through customs in 20 minutes! I caught a taxi to my hotel which again was in an epic location, just off the main marina and minutes stroll into the main township. The hotel was another budget pick as I would only be staying here for one night on my way up to Pamukkale, but it was actually really nice! For AUS$44 I had good sized apartment, with a big balcony over-looking the hotel pool and the price included breakfast!
I walked to the main marina, picked a restaurant on the boardwalk and enjoyed a delicious meal and a glass of red wine. On the way back to the hotel I decided to take a stroll down ‘Pub Street’. This is a massive street that is entirely made up of pubs, nightclubs and discos – it is loud and bright with strobes and neons everywhere and seems to go on forever! At the door of each establishment are big burly men and hanging out of the windows, beautiful, scantily dressed ladies all trying to lure you inside. It was WILD! I decided it wasn’t the best place for a solo female traveller – but I have added a night on Pub Street with friends to my bucket list for the future!