Kos City

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Dodecanese,
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Well we were up early to catch the train and flight to Kos, but alas, arrived at the airport to find that the gate was closed for our flight.  It had left an hour earlier than the scheduled time.  I thought Greek time was always later not early!  What a pain (and we were up very early), having to be rescheduled on a later flight 3 hours later (luckily there were seats).  More unfortunately because we had booked this flight through a travel agency a while ago,  and they had record that she had been notified, we had to pay to change the flight. Where as Greg and Sue had booked on the internet (a while after us) and they hadn’t been notified, so there was no charge.  A lesson for all - internet bookings are the way to go!

We flew in a propeller jet over many islands to Kos, which is one of the furtherest eastern Greek Island. In fact you can see Turkey only a little way across the Aegean - a 20 minute boat ride.  We picked up our hire cars and drove to the other side of the island to Kos city.  We had Ryan in the back of our car and Greg was leading the way.  We had a slight panic as Greg took off on the wrong side of the road.  We sat on the horn for quite some time until he realised he was, just before a car came around the corner!

Where we are staying is just beautiful. Sue’s brother is married to Chrissy who has Greek heritage and her family has a block of units, with shops below and two stories of about 4 apartments.  Chrissy and Paul own the unit at the top which is very large and looks right out over the marina, the Aegean and Turkey.  It certainly is position, position, position.  It is walking distance to everything.  The day tripping boats all trying to get you to come on their 3 island tours or trips to Bodrum, Turkey. All the many restaurants, trying to entice you to eat in their restaurants by offering free drinks or desserts.  We are just all sorry we are not staying here longer, but due to ferry timings we leave for Santorini on Friday night.

George (Chrissy’s uncle) met us with the key and his wife had made the apartment very homely and had cooked a Greek cake to welcome us.  We decided to explore the island a little as we have the hire cars for two days.  We drove past lovely beach coves to a beach called Thermes.  The road leading to the beach had lots of landslides and was very stoney (a sign, enter at your own risk didn’t deter anyone).  There was a large hot spring pool that was right beside the sea.  It was extremely hot and we sat in the hot pool until we couldn’t stand it and then cooled off in the Aegean.  It was amazing, although difficult to walk around without thongs, as the pool and beach were covered in pebbles.  There were high rocky cliffs surrounding us and a number of wild goats could be spotted as we sat and enjoyed the experience.

For dinner we decided to self cater as we had a full kitchen in the apartment.  Shopping is a bit of fun, as everything is in Greek, so you go by pictures at times and hope for the best.  It was lovely to wander the streets after dinner and walk through the market places.  Everyone is certainly out late enjoying the balmy evenings and the surroundings.  We were all exhausted so decided to turn in around 11 am, which is very early here.  The surrounding restaurants had live music so with the help of air plugs we drifted off to a dreamy sleep!  There is no internet in the apartment, so communication may be spasmodic - depending on when we buy something at a restaurant with free wifi.
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Carol on

What a great place to stay! Have fun exploring, and keep Greg on the right side of the road!! xo

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