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Παρασκευή, 5 Ιουνίου 2009

Rhodes Island - Greece












RHODES, Greece, is the Crusader Isle, steeped in ancient history and boasting 300 days of blue skies a year. It lies at the southern end of the Dodecanese island chain that skirts the Turkish coast and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.Popular resorts, such as Faliraki, are now almost totally devoted to package tourism and anyone in search of Greek goatherds and fishing villages has come to the wrong place. Bar touts and club bouncers make up the local 'colour' and can display an insatiable avarice that only an unending supply of free-spending tourists can sustain.But the island is still popular with independent travellers on the hunt for some of the best beaches in the Greek islands and the best bargain accommodation at Rhodes hostels.The most popular beaches lie to the west and south of Rhodes City and many visitors now opt to fly to the island direct, there being so many cheap flights to Rhodes on offer.Here, a maze of high-rise conference centres tower over the narrow shingle beaches to the west. To the south, replicated rows of holiday hotels are stacked along the coast like deck chairs. Only after Lindos do the crowds thin out and a more authentic glimpse of Greek island life emerges.
Rhodes takes in more annual holiday visitors than virtually any other Greek island. The attraction is not just the many hotels in Rhodes, the long summer season and the sandy beaches but also the remarkably well preserved medieval city of Rhodes itself. Castles galore come courtesy of the Crusaders and the island's hilly interior is carpeted with pine forests.
The island's classical past can be explored at the ancient sites of Kamiros, Ialyssos and Lindos. Medieval fortresses to rival any in the world can be found at Rhodes, Lindos and Monolithos.
The island suffers from tourism of almost frenzied proportions, laced with rampant commercialism, tons of litter, dirt and dust. Those looking for a more authentic holiday will head south where the island becomes a backwater of dirt roads and ancient villages, though isolated luxury hotels are now cropping up even there
Rhodes Town (Rodos) ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Renowned for its archaeological treasures RHODES city or RODOS sits on the northern tip of the island with sea on three sides. It's really three cities in one.
The first is the modern city - a monumental heap of concrete which, but for some nice Italian buildings, verges on the bad to awful.
The second is the medieval walled city - a national treasure given World Heritage Status by UNESCO and slowly turning itself over to an outdoor holiday shopping mall.
The third is the ancient city - now well buried by centuries of development and best viewed in the city's Archaeological Museum.
Rhodes beach is shingle and sand with little in the way of charm despite the setting and the sunshine. Backed by tower block holiday hotels and bizarrely shaped luxury conference centres it has a sort of regimented misery that belies its lovely location.
The beach is usually very windy and the sea can get very rough. Stones, rocks and pebbles are sometimes flecked with oil from passing ships and there is a steep drop into the sea, so it's unsuitable for children. Expect to pay top prices in bars and tavernas.
Modern Rhodes------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Charmless is too nice a word for this concrete mess but there are interesting Italian buildings near MANDRAKI harbour and remnants of Turkish presence persist at the Mosque of Mourad Reis.
The aquarium too is worth a visit, although the stuffed and moth-ravaged monk seals looked a sorry sight. You can catch the scenic holiday train outside the town hall for a tour of the sites with excellent commentary from the driver.
Medieval Rhodes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
To explore the old city, the wise will get a map and guide. It brands you dumb tourist of course, but there is so much to see that there is really no alternative.
A good place to start is Symi Square near Mandraki harbour for a tour of the CASTELLO where the knights left their most enduring mark.
For a different era in Rhodes' history find the Plane Tree Walk where the clock tower marks the wall that separated the knights' quarters from the rest of the city. The place is packed with shops, bars, cafes, restaurants - you name it, but expect to pay for it.
Most important beaches and places
Ixia Rhodes----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bizarrely shaped hotel or apartment blocks set in their own grounds or with high hedges to muffle the sound of traffic are the staple of IXIA.
Here you will find the international luxury hotels that double as conference centres out of season. Typical is the huge Rodos Palace Hotel, with an array of facilities including sauna and masseuse, and the equally upmarket Mira Mare Beach.
Tributes to concrete, and rivals to a Dallas soap set, are the circular Olympic Palace - like a vast flying saucer - and the Metropolitan Capsis with its two sweeping curves.
The Rodos Bay is set amongst pines while the impressive Blue Bay complex has several swimming-pools, sports facilities and a popular disco.
The beach is little more than a narrow strip of shingle lining a busy airport road. It can get crowded in high summer as the hotel rooms fill up. There are restaurants and shops along the esplanade, a children's playground and a couple of watersports centres where they hire out surfboards and jets skis.
The wind can get very fresh and parasols are used as much for protection against the wind as the sun, while children may prefer hotel pools to the choppy seas. For sunbathers there are views across to Turkey, if they can cope with the non-stop whine of passing mopeds.
In the evening, crowds stroll out of their plush hotels for a pleasant walk into Rodos. After dark, the hotels, bars and eateries on the main road are lit up like a sci fi film set. Neon signs are as likely to suggest smorgasbord or burgers as they are moussaka or souvlaki.
Surprisingly, there are a few tavernas offering authentic Greek food and music, but you will find the locals away from the tourist traps and in the village of Tris (turn left just beyond the Miramare Hotel).
There are supermarkets and shops for self-caterers, and a couple of quiet roads run inland from the neon tat. Here you can still find rustic smallholdings and cattle in the fields.
Trianda Rhodes -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
About 9km from Rhodes Ixia merges with more back-to-back 1,000-room hotels at TRIANDA or TRIANTA, another resort dominated by large luxury hotel complexes and holiday villages that really have more in common with Spain than Greece.
The beach is a very long, narrow strip of shingle and sand still lined by the busy and noisy road behind. There are loads of sun beds and the usual watersports. Litter appears to be a problem here, especially along the hotel strip.
The further along the coast you go the worse it gets. Rubbish lines the kerb and skips can sit there full of uncollected junk.
Walking along the road is quite unpleasant as traffic hurtles past and youngsters show off with their motorbikes skills - or lack of them, depending on your age and viewpoint.
Trianda does have a large and bustling village which retains some local atmosphere despite the surrounding high risers, though it's not particularly picturesque.
Ialyssos Rhodes-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
High above the resort of Trianda is one of the island's most noted beauty spots at IALYSSOS on the plateau of Filerimos.
The hill is studded with cypresses and pines and was the site of one of three ancient cities of Rhodes. In 1522 Sultan Suleiman used Ialyssos as a base for his assault on the Knights.
This was once one of three great city states that ruled the island. The ruins are rather meagre but it does have third century temples to Zeus and Athena.
Filerimos is visited more for the heavily restored church of the Virgin Mary - built by the Knights on the site of a Byzantine basilica - and the monastery, an Italian restoration of the original.
Reached by a flight of steps bordered by cypresses, the monastery and its domed chapels feature the coat of arms of the Grand Master d'Aubusson.
Beneath the ruins of a small Byzantine church is a tiny underground chapel with 14th century wall paintings. The monks sell their own liqueur, known as sette, made from seven local herbs.
Modest dress is essential for a visit here - no shorts, plunging tops or swim wear. From the monastery there's an uphill path to the southwest of the hill, along which are 14 icons representing the Stations of the Cross.
Stunning views and a riot of flowers make this a very popular with photographers and nature lovers.
Kremasti Rhodes----------------------------------------------------------------------------
KREMASTI
, a little further along the coast road, is hardly a resort but a busy run-of-the-mill village with rooms, apartments and a few package hotels.
Still expanding, it has a wide pebble beach with the usual sun-loungers, parasols and watersports. The beach is steeply banked pebble and stone, making it most unsuitable for children.
Kremasti is right a the end of the runway with flights every 12 minutes or so, day and night. It gets frenetic on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the main transfer days for package tours.
The tree-lined village square is dominated by a striking church and lined with shops. The village is famous for its Panayieri, or Festival of the Virgin Mary, on August 15.
There is a giant street market, fiesta and funfair. And the Panhellenic Craft Fair is held here from August 14-22.
The nearby inland village of PASTIDA is worth a visit, an oasis of calm among citrus and olive groves with a smattering of small shops and tavernas.
Koskinou and Kallithea Rhodes-----------------------------------------------------------
KOSKINOU and KALITHEA
make up a line of hotels that run south, about 10km out of Rodos. Sun loungers, already heavy with residents of nearby hotels, are swelled each day by visitors from the town.
The area is not to be confused with Thermi Kalithea - the revamped former spa that sits on a rocky outcrop to the south.
The beaches here are dominated by self-contained, all-inclusive, holiday hotels. They squat side by side along a beach, which although reasonable, is by no means the best on Rhodes.
It is mainly sharp sand and pebble, though more patches of good sand can be found as you head south to Thermi Kalithea. There are no hidden coves or quiet bays to be discovered along this shore.
This is all-inclusive hotel holiday territory, and it shows.
Thermae Kallithea Rhodes----------------------------------------------------------------
THERMAI KALLITHEA,
also variously spelled Thermi, Therma, Thermae and Kalithea, Kalithia or Kallithea, was originally a health spa was built in the Moorish style by the Italians in the 1930s.
The dramatic, decayed setting and kitsch architectural features, including domed pavilions and pink marble pillars, make it a favourite venue for fashion photographers.
A major restoration has breathed new life into the holiday resort which is approached down an avenue of pines. Palm trees offer shade on a small shingle beach while sun loungers are scattered around a small lido.
Buildings are illuminated at night to add a Disney-like glitz to the pseudo oriental atmosphere.
A nearby cove is the target of many scuba diving excursions from Rodos and 15 minutes walk away is the beach resort hotel of Aldemar Paradise with various watersports.
On the road to Faliraki a left turn down a dirt track leads to several small coves. The sea is deep here so you'll need to be a decent swimmer to get the benefit.
Each cove usually has a few sun beds and a beach taverna that often gives the cove its name. A succession of grim hotels on the main road leads to Faliraki beach, a 20-minute walk away.
Faliraki Rhodes-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Once a tiny fishing village - and some brochures actually claim it still is - you would be hard put to find a fisherman in FALIRAKI now.
Often dubbed 'lively' in the brochures the resort, about 15km south of Rodos, is in fact little more than a noisy teenage play pen.
Jet skiing, go karting, bungy jumping are all on offer to please the daily influx of frolicky young visitors whose idea of fun is getting stoned on fizzy lager and making as much noise as they possibly can.
And noise there is, brain-addling at night as the bars and clubs wind up to full power. The din is in evidence several kilometres away.
Beaches are a grey, gritty sand and packed with bodies from dawn to well after dusk. Food here is as plastic as you would expect while millions of mosquitoes home in from the nearby lowland to gorge on the bare teenage flesh.
Drinks cost up to six times supermarket prices and street touts for the clubs and bars can be persistent and aggressive.
Perversely, recent holiday hotel complexes have adopted a Cycladic village theme for those wishing to enjoy the 'Greek experience'.
If you have a two-watt bulb for a brain and an ever-open wallet you will feel very much at home with the majority of visitors in this Greek version of the Spanish costas.
Faliraki water park is also nearby, one of the largest in Europe, and offers those bored with the beach a day out on water flumes and slides at a reasonable price.
It can get crowded though and young children need to be looked after. Food and drinks here are also better value that Faliraki.
Ladhiko Rhodes-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Just south of Faliraki is the small pebble-beached cove of LADHIKO or Ladiko where many scenes from the noted war film The Guns of Navarone were filmed.
It is amusingly dubbed the Anthony 'Queen' bay by owners of the many excursion boats that visit. The 'Queen' title is in homage to the film's star actor Anthony Quinn, who once bought some property near here.
More prosaically named Ladhiko or Ladiko, the cliffs are huge and vertiginous but there are only rocks available for sunbathing and there are sharp underwater stones too, so it's not ideal for children.
Above the bay is a small taverna. Another small sandy bay down a nearby dirt track has borrowed the name and cashed in on the visitors with some sun beds and caravan cafe.
Afandou Rhodes-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
This must surely rank as one of the most boring beaches in the Greek Islands. White stones and shingle at AFANDOU stretch in one great 7km desolate swathe, just about as far as the eye can see.
Parts of the beach are so desolate you would not tether a goat there. Stone and shingle make up most of the beach, dipping steeply at the shoreline where large and slippy underwater rocks make paddling difficult if not impossible.
Some travel brochures boldly boast how you get a beach to yourself - but one look at this monotonous holiday desert and you can understand why. Few visit more than once.
The plucky resort, about 20km from Rodos, does its best to attract visitors with an 18-hole golf course and a tourist train that ferries visitors the 2km between village and beach and across a very busy main road.
Afandou village is the second largest on the island. It is still a working village, though tourism is now the staple trade. Dozens of tavernas and holiday bars line the busy main street which pedestrians must share with busy traffic.
Although there is little nightlife as such there is loud music and karaoke from the busy bars around the town square. The biggest problem is avoiding yobbish British families.
Check on the location of your apartment before booking here. Many are sited in scrubland between the village and the beach with a 15min walk either way and a main road that is busy and noisy both night and day.
Just outside the village, surrounded by pines, is the monastery of Agios Nektarios, with an immense pine tree and a drinking fountain fed by springs in the surrounding hills.
Kolymbia Rhodes---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Built as a model farm by the Italians, KOLIMBIA, KOLYMBIA or KOLMYPIA, is full of identical houses noted for their over large chimney stacks.
The approach is dramatic, along an arrow-straight road lined with mature eucalyptus. The resort itself, about 25km from Rodos, is small and is much favoured by German package tour operators.
There is a picturesque rocky cove and attractive beach to the north. The flat beach is mostly shingle with water sports at each end.
There are also some sandy coves to the south about 10 min walk away. There is another long but scruffy beach there backed by an impressively ugly hotel complex.
That said, Kolymbia has an unhurried air despite the numbers and most of the hotels blend unobtrusively into the landscape. The holidays style here is leisurely with fun and games restricted to the hotels.
The resort proper has a dozen tavernas and 20 or so bars. There are boat trips to nearby island and a regular bus service to nearby resorts
Tsambiki Rhodes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Overlooked by a Gibraltar-like rocky outcrop topped by a monastery, the huge swathe of fine, soft sand at TSAMBIKA or TSAMBIKI, also called Tsampiki or Tsampkia, is approached down a precipitous, hairpin cement road.
The steep descent of 1.5km or so rules out tourist buses and other public transport, but the beach nevertheless teems with tourists and sun beds are jammed together like playing cards, particularly along the northern stretch.
A beach taverna is supplemented by several caravan cafes offering little more than lemonade, beer, rolls and shady relief from the midday sun. Behind them the sand peters out to a dirt and gravel area that serves as a huge car park.
Expensive sun beds peter out at the southern end which is favoured by hundreds of hermit crabs and shoals of tiny fish.
According to legend, barren women had only to climb barefoot up the concrete steps to the tiny white Byzantine church of Panayia Tsambika to ensure pregnancy.
As a result many of the island's children are named Tsambikos or Tsambika, depending on sex.
The outcrop overlooks both Kolimbia and Tsambika beach with stupendous views of both and more besides, while the surrounding area is protected from development.
Archangelos Rhodes------------------------------------------------------------------------
If you think the sprawling village of ARCHANGELOS looks as though it has seen better times you would be just about right.
Home to a dwindling leather crafts industry it now has a shabby look and, strangely, appears to have been swallowed up by the German package holiday industry.
This is still the largest town on the island outside Rhodes, with about 6,000 living here. Archangelos lies on a low plain surrounded by the mountains Profitis Elias, Karavos and the hills of Kefaloti, Kastro and Anagros.
The first houses at the foot of the Kastro date to 1023. The village centre is dominated by the Church of the Archangel Michael.
Around it are whitewashed lanes, traditional houses with arched passageways painted in bright colours. Tavernas and bars line the single main street and the village has a 15th century Crusader castle, though little remains except the outer walls.
Nearby are MALONA and MASSARI, two farming villages in the valley of Nethona River set amongst citrus groves.
Kalathos Rhodes----------------------------------------------------------------------------
KALATHOS
is a village on the main road about 6km north of Lindos. There is a very long stone and shingle beach here which stretches along the shore for about 4km.
The beach shelves rather steeply offshore, making it a poor place for children but it rarely gets crowded despite there being a number of large hotels nearby.
A cantina, mini market and some tavernas can be found on the road that runs behind the beach. The village is pretty enough with a fine church.
Its position makes it a good centre for exploring the island for those who don't want the hustle and bustle of neighbouring Lindos. There is a sprinkling of bars and tavernas.
Lindos Rhodes-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lawrence Durrel once described LINDOS as “of a scrupulous Aegean order, and perfect of its kind”. Well Lawrence, it is nothing like that now.
It has inherited the perfect setting - a shimmering violet and emerald pool in a horseshoe bay of golden sand and sheltered by comforting hills dotted with white, sugar-cube houses.
But we are now describing a 'perfect hell of its kind' as package tourists blow in like a daily sandstorm.
The beach is very beautiful, but quickly filled by local holidaymakers. The the cars and bikes roar in, followed by tour buses.
Then it's the turn of tourist boats and before long the only distinction between the beach and a Tokyo subway is the baking sun beating down on your head.
In July and August, the packed amphitheatre turns terribly hot and airless and temperatures can soar to 120F. With little natural shade an expensive beach umbrella is a must.
Popularity brings high prices and you will pay more for a sun bed here than anywhere in the islands - if you can find one that is.
The beach sand is very fine and the bay waters are shallow and well protected so, apart from the crowds, this is an ideal family beach.
The paths down from the village however are exceedingly steep, as is most of the town, and it can be a heavy slog home after a heat-soaked day on the packed sands.
Lindos Acropolis
Sugar-cubed houses clustered above a wide horseshoe bay make Lindos, 56km from Rodos, one of the most photogenic of resorts.
The narrow, cobbled streets are pedestrian only and many houses boast beautifully laid out black and white pebble courtyards.
The two big problems are noise and crowds. Buses park bumper to bumper in the tiny square at the foot of the steep hill. Waves of day trippers press through the tiny streets which are simply unable to cope.
And just as you think the town can take no more the excursion boats come hooting into the bay full of trippers eager to pant up the hill to the Acropolis.
This beautiful place is so packed you must queue just to pass along the narrow, pebble-paved, serpentine streets. Tourist shops and bars hem in the crowds with a tone that is ruthlessly and relentlessly mercenary.
Mercifully, high rise hotels have been banned inside the town limits and discos are confined to the outskirts. But the bars still blare out ear-blasting noise all day, even when they are deserted.
The main attraction for boat trippers is the ancient Acropoli,s enclosed by the walls of a Crusader fortress which is impressive when the visitor swarms have left but a dire experience when surrounded by camera-wielding visitors. A temple to Athena has capped the outcrop above Lindos since nth century BC.
Fortification by the Knights of St John make for a blend of ancient and medieval with Italian restoration work and Greek cement completing the modern mix.
Lindos is noted for it rooftop restaurants which can be found all over the town. Romantic they may be but they generally excel at offering less for more. The food is mediocre at best and the vegetables invariably tinned.
Glystra Rhodes------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GLYSTRA
is a small cove with an inviting beach of good fine sand that lies south of Lardos. This 'undiscovered' beach tends to take overspill from more northern beaches at Pefkos and Lardos.
The sands are quite deep and the beach makes a long sweep around an attractive bay with the waters shallow, so it's fine for families with young children. Snorkelers can hunt for the shell of a car dumped in the middle of the bay.
There is good parking at the northern end and a family-run cantina opens in the summer, providing sun beds and some good food.
The beach, though pleasant enough, is rather exposed with little natural shade, so hiring an umbrella is a must if you don't take your own.
Prassonisi Rhodes---------------------------------------------------------------------------
At PRASSONISI a dramatic 3km spit of sand runs out to sea with the choppy Aegean on one side and the calm Mediterranean on the other.
The views are astonishing from a distance but close up the beach tends to be grubby and dirty, not least because of the cars and jeeps that regularly rolled in to park on it.
In winter the seas can join and turn the spot into a genuine island, about 80km from Rodos and 40km from Lindos. Even in summer the strong winds can force sunbathers to seek shelter.
Surfers find the spot ideal, especially along the northern shore, and many professionals come here to train. On most days the offshore sea is jam packed with sailboards.
There are a couple of tavernas at the roadside but neither is cheap. There are surfboards and wet suits for hire but most visitors bring their own.
Monolithos Castle Rhodes -----------------------------------------------------------------
MONOLITHOS
castle is a favourite on the tourist route, an impregnable fortress on the southwest coast near Apolakkia Bay and perched on top of a 300ft high precipitous rock overlooking the sea.
It was built around 1480 by the Knights of St John and it is certainly an impressive sight, but you must leave your car at the bottom and take a steep 15min hike up a narrow pathway to get to it.
Within the castle walls stands the church of Agios Panteleimon. The village itself is 3km from the rock and is small, relaxing and peaceful with a few hotels and a clutch of tavernas.
The road leads on to FOURNI, the beach of Monolithos, ideal for those who like pebbles with a little sand, waves and a peaceful setting. Unnerving rock formations add interest. One huge rock looks as though it might topple over onto the tourist sun beds below at any minute.
Nearby are some 17th century Christian caves that have been carved into the rock at Fourni beach, but expect to get lost trying to find them and beware the badly worn steps down to the cave entrances.
Petaloudes - Valley of the Butterflies -----------------------------------------------------
During July and August tourists outnumber the insects in Butterfly Valley near PETALOUDES which lies about 5km inland from Tholos. The butterflies are actually Jersey tiger moths, Euplagia quadripunctaria, but let's face it, how many tourists would want to visit Moth Valley?
The moths are a well camouflaged and difficult to see except in flight when they show their deep red overwings. The result has been thousand of tourists clapping their hands and even blowing whistles to drive the sleepy insects into the air.
Unfortunately, the moths have come here to rest before mating and the consequence of all this disturbance has seen a worrying decline in the numbers returning each year. Not before time, tourists are being asked to keep the noise down. They moths arrive in their thousands in June, mate in late August and fly off in September.
The 60-minute walk through the valley is pleasant enough, with plenty of shade from the trees and a well marked path through the woods past small pools and over wooden bridges that cross the River Pelekanas. Visitors should wear decent walking shoes as the going can be rough at times.
Epta Pyges - Seven Springs -----------------------------------------------------------------
More a lowlight than a highlight, EPTA PIGES or SEVEN SPRINGS is touted as a pleasant picnic spot with a stream and a waterfall. Tourists usually walk to it as the coaches can't get very near, but few are likely to return for a second look. The springs are no more than muddy wet patches of woodland that tend to give off the very damp, musty smell of decayed vegetation.
There is an unlit tunnel carrying the spring water to a reservoir that you can walk through. It is about 150 metres long, the water is ankle deep and the only light is from a shaft half way along. The reward for the walk is a small lake at the other end and you have to wonder why this place is promoted so strongly by tour firms.
How to travel---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Diagoras International Airport is 16km southwest of Rhodes City, near Kremasti on the north coast. The airport has expanded in recent years and now handles about 3.2m annually. In addition to regular domestic and international flights there are charters to many countries.
Rhodes Airport has a single terminal with 13 check-in desks and eight gates, and opens 24 hours a day. The airport has ATMs. A VIP lounge offers limited business facilities. There are various shops and a cafe, restaurant and bar. Travel agencies and tour operators have desks at the airport.
Though there have been improvements, Rhodes airport is still chaotically Greek. Be prepared for long queues and organized chaos. Surrounding are drab, functional and depressing. There is seating in the departure lounge but it is far from adequate. Flight information is sketchy with little information on terminals and announcements made over a creaky PA system in broken English. As flights can be called simultaneously, it's not always easy to tell which gate to use.
Gates are not always easy to find, down corridors with no signs etc. Baggage handling can be seriously slow and its not unusual to wait more than an hour. There is plenty of public transport from the airport with about 30 buses daily to Rhodes City.
Rhodes ferries -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Regular ferries and hydrofoils leave from the harbour at Mandraki with regular daily services too and from Piraeus (Athens) and Crete. A daily ferry to Piraueus calls at Santorini and there are regular services to other islands in the Dodecanses group including Kos and Kalymnos as well as further north to the smaller islands of Leros, Patmos and Lipsi.
There are mainy daily boat trips around the island with the main coastal resort being Lindos, which seems to be included on every boat trip from Mandraki harbour. There are also daily boats to Symi, calling in at Panormitis Monastery on the way.

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