The uncrowded beach is shaded by tamarisk trees and there is a taverna and a restaurant a short distance from the water's edge.
The monastery, which can be reached on foot by way of an ancient pilgrim's way, is a functioning spiritual centre of the Greek Orthodox church. Its collection of treasures, well worth seeing.
In the Dodecanese islands by boat from Kos, Leros or the north.
Taking photos on the metro will attract the attention of the metro police and a modest but inconvenient fine having to be paid. On the positive side, the police are very helpful giving directions when your knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet fails you in the stations.
The festival of Obon (August 9) is a fabulous time with firecrackers, processions and lanterns - and particularly poignant since the A-bomb was dropped on the same date.
To cap it all, do as we did and arrive early evening at the railway station to be greeted by the tannoyed 'Madam Butterfly'. Fabulous people, fabulous place.
It connects most must-see places of interest: the atomic bomb museum and peace park, the main railway terminus, the waterfront and Dejima museum. At the waterfront there are many different restaurants and cafes. This is a good place to meet with the locals and share some Japanese whisky.
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