The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 24: Farewell to Kos

Thor and I bid a wistful farewell to this magical island of healing, but vow to return.

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.

We agree with Lawrence Durrell about Kos, “…the island of Hippocrates, which has never failed to excite the visitor to eulogy. Poet and wayfarer alike have always appreciated Kos for its green abundance and quietness. It lies lapped in a fold of the Turkish mainland, which thrusts out great promontories now, one upon another, with spectacular fjords laid up between. Kos, the most sheltered of the Dodecanese islands and deservedly the most praised. It would be downright dishonest to raise a dissenting voice against merits so self-evident in these green and smiling valleys, rich with fruit and flowers.” (from The Greek Islands)

Thor and I are now among Durrell’s “addicts” of the island, and in a recent moment of “carpe diem” decided that we must return this coming fall. So stay tuned! Meanwhile, a quick wrap-up of our first stay:

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 24: Farewell to Kos — 4 Comments

  1. I could easily read another ten entries just about Kos. Seems like a magical place–once I have no desire to visit on my own. (I’d be worriedly watching the stone buildings constantly, expecting a 9.2, or trying to dodge the heat) But love looking at the photos, and imagining it!