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Evening colours at the Kos Town harbour

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fishing boat on Kos

A fisherman works on the boat Maria at the Kos Town harbour while other fishing boats and excursion vessels (below) catch the glow of the evening sun

 

 

boats at Kos Town

 

Monuments and houses in Kos Town

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Houses overlook an historic archaeological site in the center of Kos Town on Kos island

History and archaeology buffs will enjoy visiting Kos island. In Kos Town, you don’t have to walk far to find monuments and historic ruins — they’re practically all over the place, right along residential and commercial streets as well as in the main tourist district in the center of town.

 

What we can’t wait to eat in Greece next week …

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Greek salad

A delicious Greek salad we enjoyed at Maria’s House restaurant in Kos Town

 

 

Feta fans: We will be arriving in Greece for our 2013 spring vacation in just a few days, reaching our first island destination around lunch time. And I can tell you right now what we’ll be ordering for lunch: Greek salad.

I make Greek salads often, but they never taste even just a fraction as good as the ones we eat in Greece. The ingredients simply can’t compare. The cucumbers sold at my neighbourhood grocery stores generally have no flavour, the green peppers are usually bitter, the tomatoes tend to be bland and mushy, the olives are sour and rubbery, and the over-salted feta typically has a spongy texture.

It’s a whole different story in Greece, where the vegetables are packed full of flavour and the olives and feta are divine. Just the thought of ordering a Greek salad in Greece practically makes my mouth water.

Can’t wait for our first lunch!

 

Maria's House restaurant at Averof 80 in Kos Town

Maria’s House at 80 Averof Street in Kos Town. Maria’s was our best — and favourite — dining experience on Kos during our Dodecanese island hopping holiday in May 2010.

 

 

The Castle of the Knights in Kos Town

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Castle of the Knights

The exterior wall of the Castle of the Knights of St John, viewed from the opposite side of palm-tree-lined Finikon street in Kos Town …

 

 

Castle of the Knights of St John

… and part of the castle interior, viewed from the elevated walkway that extends along the perimeter of the castle’s tall stone walls. Visible in the distance is the Bodrum area of Turkey.

 

 

Seaside stronghold: When I was a little kid, my friends and I used to build makeshift forts and treehouses and compete for control over the territory. “I’m the king of the castle, and you’re a dirty rascal” was a familiar taunt back in those days. It’s too bad our parents never took us to Kos, because we would have had the time of our young lives visiting the Castle of the Knights in Kos Town.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Kos, the castle was constructed sometime in the 15th Century by the Knights of St. John, who used stones and marble recovered from the ruins of an ancient city that was devastated by an earthquake. It took them more than 120 years to finish building the stronghold, which was the second castle to be built on the site. (The first one was built in the early 1300s and later got completely destroyed). There actually is a castle within a castle — the outer wall was built between 1495 and 1514 to provide extra fortification for the original castle built more than a half century before.

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Palm tree towers on Finikon street in Kos Town

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Finikon street in Kos Town

Palm trees cast their shadows onto Finikon street in Kos Town

 

 

Finikon street

The elegant, tall trees line both sides of the street outside the 15th Century-era Castle of the Knights of Saint John (also called the Castle of Neratzia) at right.

 

 

Finikon street

A view of palm trees on both sides of the elevated entrance walkway to the castle. The bridge originally passed over a moat that was filled in and replaced with a street many years ago.

 

 

Finikon street

A row of graceful palm trees stands sentry next to the castle

 

 

Finikon street

Another view of the palm shadows on the road. Finikon street starts at the seafront and winds its way west past the castle. It turns into Akti Kountouriotou street, which wraps around the bustling Kos Town harbourfront

 

 

Greece holiday pic of the day

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table linens shop in Kos Town

A proprietor inside her table linens shop in Kos Town on Kos island

 

 

Greece holiday pic of the day

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bougainvillea in Kos Town

Bougainvillea cascades over a tall stone wall in Kos Town on Kos

 

All about Eva

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Eva cruise ship Kos island

The Greek sailing boat Eva approaches Kos Town harbour

 

Sponge boat: One of my many vivid memories of Kos is the colourful waterfront of Kos Town, and especially the port and harbour. I was struck by the number of tour boats of all shapes, and sizes offering day trips to Turkey as well as excursions to nearby Greek islands like Kalymnos and Pserimos. But one ship in particular sticks in my mind: the two-masted wooden sailboat Eva.

I saw Eva our first day on the island while we were walking along a beach near Kos Town shortly after 6 p.m. Bathed in the warm glow of the slowly setting sun, with the mountainous coast of Turkey providing a scenic backdrop, Eva was motoring its way back to port at the end of a daytrip. Most of its passengers were either sitting or standing on the starboard side of the boat, looking content and relaxed as they caught some final rays before their excursion concluded. I felt envious, and wished I was with them.

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