We limited our time at the monastery to include only a short prayer for safe travels and a quick visit to the small museum in the compound. Then we were back to the car and without a specific destination we drove off. There was only one road out and not many other roads to choose from. We kept on driving and arrived at a beach. I don't know what part of the island it was or what was the name of the beach. There appeared to be a resort but since this was the off season, there was barely anybody around. We got out of the car and stretched our legs and took more photos.
Having taken all the pictures we wanted, we got back on the road hoping to have time to visit the Old Town, except that we got lost. We took the wrong road when we reached a fork on the road. Funny thing is when we stopped to ask for directions from an older lady tending the yard, she knew right away that we were lost. She said this was the part of the island where you could easily get lost because of fork in the road.
Back on track, we were back near the town when we passed by a grocery store. We stopped because, believe it or not, the husband and I like to visit local grocery stores for gifts for people back home. The goods are usually cheaper and you get to see what the locals buy. In addition, our friends had a pressing need for some medicine.
As I expected we took more time browsing and shopping than what our timetable allowed. But we got to sample some funky goodies and we got to buy what we needed.
As we were leaving the grocery store we asked a local for directions to the Old Town, and was told close to 8 km.
The Old Town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we only saw very little of it. The parking was tough and while the boys were looking for a spot, we started walking along the waterfront to reach the Old Fortress. It was a hot day in late October and more sightseeing was the last thing on our mind. Also on our mind was the nearing time that we had to be back on the boat. So when the boys finally joined us, we decided to grab a little snack in the cafe overlooking the fort.
While my companions opted for sandwiches and salads, I opted for this heat buster.
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