The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 17: We Arrive on Kos

After a lovely sunset ferry ride from Rhodes, Thor and I embrace the beauties of Kos, the healing island.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

After thoroughly enjoying our second visit to the historically rich island of Rhodes, Thor and I boarded a huge Blue Star ferry that took us close to the rugged coastline of Turkey, heading north toward Kos.

Both islands are in the Dodecanese group, but the trip took several hours. Since I grew up on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve taken ferries my whole life, and really enjoy them, especially when lucky enough to spot Orcas. In the Aegean, I hope to spot dolphins, but no luck this time. Since Greece has 6,000 islands, 227 of them inhabited, the ferry system is incredibly complex and includes all sizes of vessels. For this long-haul ferry, we had paid a small extra sum for business class, which gave us access to a plush lounge area where we sat at a bow window for wonderful views….

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 17: We Arrive on Kos — 4 Comments

  1. Oh, that luxury room sounds comfy, though that sterile white would force me to look out the windows all the time. Heh. Fascinating trip. I’d love to try an infinity pool sometime!

    • Yes, when we stumbled late into the room that first night, I was really put off by all the sterile white and over-the-top, echoing empty space. We added some warmth by draping our colorful pareos over the two TV screens that we never watched. We spent most of our hotel time outside beside or in the pool, of course, gazing at that wonderful view. The pool even had some jacuzzi jets at one end — I guess that’s how the upper crust lives….

  2. That was the only room I have ever stayed at where I actually looked forward to leaving the beach and going back to the hotel.