|kitty kat at Odysseus' compound|
So, my summer was hot! I mean really hot AND sweaty. Mostly... because I was backpacking around the Mediterranean & Aegean coasts of Turkey and Greece. This post is all about Kos- a Greek island off the Turkish Aegean coast near Bodrum. I have some friends there from back in Hawaii. It feels great to see people from back home over in these parts now.
|I spy... eggplant!|
|This was me, pretty much every day. I mean EVERY day...|
|Moustafa the Turk's restaurant in Platani. The Greek food is AWESOME|
|Retsina goes well with everything...|
|Dean made falafel for lunch one day!|
|I noticed that hese cool land snails climb everything in Marmari|
|in da hood near Marmari|
|lots of picturesque Greek Orthodox churches|
For those of you unschooled in Retsina, it is a Greek white wine. The 'unique' flavor is supposedly the result of sealing an amphorae with pine resin during ancient times. Today... who knows, but it's delicious, crisp and refreshing.
|Retsina and sunsets are amazing...|
|Back to my walkabout... snake roadkill. It was more interesting happening upon this sight in real life I assure you...|
Greek wine is pretty good too... I took some time to hang out here in this cafe as I knew what was awaiting me- another 10 kilometer walk at least. My future route is far off in the distance of this picture.
First I read his, "At the Palaces of Knossos" which was a fantastic story of mythical legend where the young prince of Athens, Theseus, comes to Crete to figure out how to slay the minotaur and free his people from under the reins of King Minos, and takes Ariadne (Minos' daughter) back to Athens with him- only to have her stolen by Dionysus...
I also read "The Fratricides on the Greek civil war in the late 1940s.
|One evening about 5 gentlemen came galloping up the beach and for about an hour raced their horses both on the shoreline and in the water. It was amazing.|
|A modern day Greek adonis!|
|Back in Platani on my way to the Asklepieion archaeological site- a healing temple sacred to the god Asclepius.|
|I walked to the Asklepieion so I had a lot of time to ponder all the sites en route- like this one. How cool is this sanctuary!|
|I knew where I was headed...|
|It was a long walk, and an extremely hot day- like all the days were on Kos.|
|A view of the top, or 3rd, terrace- which holds the Doric temple of Asklepios and a stoa.|
|Here I am all hot and sweaty, but loving every minute of exploring this magnificent archaeological wonder!|
The Roman thermae were in the lowest tier, dating back to the 3rd century AD. There are some wall paintings, as well as some mosaics that have survived in addition to the foundations
|Heading up the the 2nd terrace|
These stairs are leading up the the 3rd, top, terrace.
The stone to make the Asklepieion is said to have been 'quarried' by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in order to make a medieval castle. They apparently attacked the Asklepion in the 15th century... Alas...
This is the Nefterdar Mosque in Eleftherias Square. It was built at the end of the 18th century- marking the rule of the Ottomans over the island
|more Retsina while waiting for the bus. Missed the bus. Caught a ride back to Marmari w/Odysseus pau hana.|
|The esplanade of Kos Town. It's very popular to walk/bike it at sunset. Everybody is out and about walking, shopping, or just sitting on their boats and gazing into the scenery.|
|Greek boats are very colorful and very well taken care of I decided|
It just felt so good to be in a place where I could relax, eat different food, drink freely (and cheaper than back in Turkey I might add- even with the Euro prices). As well, I got to wear my favorite garb- bikinis! Lots of bikinis, and mini skirts! What a freeing feeling that I almost forgot about.
This is a shot of the sea right at the end of the road from Spatzennest Bar/Restaurant. This is their part of the beach, as evidenced by the palm frond material umbrellas. Different restaurants had different sections of the beach that they took care of.
So that wraps up my Kos journey. There are many stories that are yet untold, and prolly cannot be told...
So, this has taken me all day to produce... I have yet to change out of my pajamas, and it is now 6:45 pm. I have also been cooking yummy food all day for the upcoming work week starting tomorrow. On the menu is: jasmine rice, red lentils, semi-fried eggplant that was marinated in olive oil, pink sea salt, pepper and cumin and fresh grilled veggies: red peppers, Turkish green peppers, caramelized onions, and zucchini. To top it all off and give it a Greek-feel to it, I have made some fresh tzatziki sauce!!! It sounds delicious. It better be because it is lunch for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if I can make it...