Be warned - there are quite a few pics - so if you don't want to be bored just go onto another entry!!
I had a great week. None of us had been to Greece before - so it was great to explore somewhere new.
We stayed on one of the DodekaniseIslands - That of Kos. It is lovely - quite small, so ideal to spend a week on as there is enough to visit - but also some great beaches - this was 3 minutes from where we were staying -
The land you see in the distance is actually Turkey!
Kos was famous for one main thin - it is the birthplace of Hippocrates - Here is a "tourist" sitting on one of the main statues of him -
We went on a trip around the island on one day - and went to the large Temple complex where Hipocrates was born. His father was the High-Priest for the Greek demi-god of healing - Asklepion. However he thought that there was more to illness than karma. Because of this he was forced to leave the training that he was doing to be a priest - and instead visited his great friend Pythagorus (Hope that's the spelling - my brother Nick will kill me if it's wrong) on a neighbouring Island.
They both worked with the same equation -
Where c = illness.
As part of the same trip we saw some other parts of the island - In Antimacheia we saw one of the many typical windmills -
And saw some of the many churches typical of the area - they all have these blue domes - so that when you see them they are meant to reming you of the sky - and thus Heaven, the home of God
We went inside the one at Zia - lovely as ever - but amazing to think this Church was built and decorated in the 10th Century!
While on our trip - we did stop for lunch - but not a siesta, like I spotted some of the locals having -
The capital - where we were staying is called Kos Town. This also had a lot of amazing ruins - we spent quite a time in the castle - but no photos really do it justice - as it is so huge. It is mostly 14 - 16th Century - This gives you some idea - and the 2nd picture shows the only way in!
There were other remains - such as the Theatre - called an Odium -
We also visited this tree -
It was supposed to have been planted by Hippocrates - and legend has it that if you walk round it 7 times while touching it you will become pregnant - I tried daring my Mum to do it, but she wouldn't!
Still - it was fun to tease! Here ar my parents on the harbour of Kos Town. Its near where we had our meal each evening.
So - as you can see a great Island to visit - plenty to see, but great weather if you just want to rest - But be warned ... There are cats everywhere. They run around - all the shops feed them, cars stop for them - it is an amazing site!
So - all in all a great Island. We also went for a day trip to Turkey while we were there - but that is a separate entry as this was getting too long!