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Kos and Rhodes

Our first two Greek islands.

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Kos

We got to the Greek island of Kos in the morning of April 16th and it was sure nice to get out of Turkey! We got a gyro right away and it just melted in our mouths compared to Turkish food. We actually ended up getting gyros from the same guy so many times that he started giving us free beers and shots.

Kos still had a bit of a Turkish influence, but it essentially was just a nice little beach island. On the first day, we just took some beer (and maybe some gin and Fanta!) to the beach where we read and went for a swim. It was nice and relaxing. Our second day, we rented bikes and rode down to another couple of beaches. It wasn't overly exciting, but we had seen snow just a couple days earlier, so we were not complaining. On our last day on Kos we rented an ATV and drove up into the mountains to see an ancient Byzantine castle and an even more ancient ruin called the Asklepion that is supposed to be one of the world's first known hospitals, possibly dating back to 9th century BC. We headed out that afternoon.

Rhodes

The arrival by ferry on the island of Rhodes was pretty cool because the old town and port are still protected by castle walls and an (empty) moat. Our time in Rhodes was mostly spent walking around the old town and castle, as well as attending an archaeology museum that had statues and dishes from back as far back as 5th century BC. We decided that we had had enough beach days when we were on Kos so we headed to Santorini after 2 nights.

Posted by geoffboulton 13:20 Archived in Greece

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