architecture, history, traveling

Ancient Agora of Kos.

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This is mostly picture-oriented photo post of the Ancient Agora (meaning forum) located in the centre of the Kos town.

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My best guess is that the pic above might represent one of the three main gates to the Agora.

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General view of what the archaeological site looks like nowadays.

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Above the general map of the Agora site and below a more in-depth official description of the historical background.

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Just take a look at the detailing that can still be admired in the (post-)modern days!

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As far as I’ve understood, the area has been frequently rebuild with different kind of materials after earthquakes that have struck the island repeatedly. Consequently the scholars can analyse from the differences in the building materials the time period of the layers.

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What has been left is a rich and multi-layered excavation site for archaeologists and scholars of all kind.

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Apparently the first ones to dig up the site was Italian Archaeological School after the massive 1933 earthquake. So basically the destruction made the excavations possible, and the Agora was kept as a monument during the reconstruction of the other parts of the town.

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Ending this post with a classic type of photo framing for this blog! Hope you haven’t already gotten bored of it…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, traveling

Kos Town.

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No matter which part of the island of Kos you’re staying, there is always a cost-efficient and quick way of getting into the town centre: renting a bicycle…

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…or taking the bus. One single ticket costs around two euros (and approximately three and a half from Kos town to the airport) and is usually sold by the driver or a ticket vendor who tours inside the bus. I found that it’s also accepted to be a little lost and unsure when you are looking for the right bus – the driver or locals are used to guiding you to the right direction (though the timetables are always found in English from the bus stops).

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I always pictured someone quite affluent living in the building above.

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The beach boulevard of Kos town.

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Another easy way of seeing the town is to hop on into the city tourist train pictured above.

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The harbour where you could buy tickets to a nice day-trip to one of the islands near.

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The stairs above were quite a popular location to be photographed in. And no, the pretty lady above is not me.

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The building (pictured better below) is called the ‘Church of Ayia Paraskevi’ belonging to the Greek Orthodox branch of Christianity.

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After a quick visit to the church, you’re able to head back to the labyrinth-like Kos town via these stairs right next to it.

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The centre of Kos town.

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The supposed tourists above will lead us to explore the Ancient Agora on next post…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, culinarism, traveling

Eating Out in Kos.

Okay, this is the post dedicated for all of you beloved food enthusiasts out there!

I am starting with introducing you to the different kinds of bar/restaurant/taverna venues I found most typical in Kos, then moving on to introduce you to the actual drinks and meals I had.

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The taverna pictured above had one of the most charming murals in Tigaki; complemented with the genuine vines framing the painting. The turquoise blue and white colour scheme was very popular everywhere in Kos.

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Above one of the cafe bars in Kos town with colourful hipster-kind-of colours.

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Helsinki vampire meeting point no 1.

You could easily retrieve to spend a nice siesta in some of the side alleys of Kos Town after doing some sight-seeing in the Ancient Agora or shopping in the narrow streets. This was one of the most attractive cool, shadowy spots for Scandinavian ghosts like me.

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The coctails in Tigaki main street (and even in Kos town) were reasonably priced; varying from 4 euros up to 6 euros – at least less than half of the price in Helsinki. (That’s why people only drink cheap draught beer here because even one pint in the centre of Helsinki can cost whopping 7 euros!) Speaking about beer, a pint of local draught could cost from 2,5 to 3,5 euros even in Kos town. So if you’re into even occasional glasses of any alcoholic beverage, I’d say Kos is your place to go!

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Just look at those vintage chair pillows!

Karma cocktail bar allowed a broke-ass student like me to try some of the classic drinks that I’d always imagined having since I saw the 1988 cult movie classic ‘Cocktail’ as a kid.

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Who could resist a bartender smiling like that? Still charming in 2018!

Obviously I was only a minor in the start of the millennium when I first saw the film but the imaginary was stuck on my mind. Now that I’m an adult and can legally drink everywhere in the world I have left highly disappointed by the lack of cocktails in the drinking culture. Maybe I just haven’t found the right places (due to my not-so-tropical home country and tap-water-friendly budget) or then cocktails are simply out of fashion at the moment?

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I have to say that in the heat of the mid-summer in Greece, I mostly stuck with cold beverages (such as home-made lemonade and iced tea) and smoothies. The one pictured above had fresh strawberries and coconut!

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Many of the restaurants had these removable cloths covering the actual table cloth underneath it. I found the maps to be quite ingenious since they allow you to plan your future day trips across the island – or reminisce the already made ones while you are waiting for your order to arrive.

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Another picture of Restaurant Tigaki though usually the place was (luckily for me!) filled with cats spending their afternoon away from the burning sun.

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The drinks are cool and flavoured with fresh citrus fruit and herbs. Above is my first holiday drink – a strawberry mojito!

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Aaaand the best vegan meal prize goes to this epic vegetable roll that I had on several occasions in the Ammos beach bar. The wrap felt like home-made, the veggies tasted sweet and fresh – and the price was only 4,5 euros for two large wraps that could easily keep the hunger away until the dinner time! Ammos also had a large menu of cocktails and smoothies; some of the latter being vegan-based (made in almond milk). How about a nice banana-peanut butter smoothie to cool you down before a swim in the sea?

I would definitely recommend this place since the food is heavenly good and the etheric playlist goes hand in hand with the white-themed chilled venue. Best prices, music and active staff in Kos!

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Another cool restaurant with chilling places in the shadow and breath-taking mountain views located in Kefalos.

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My friend’s halloumi dish with sesame seeds and balsamic vinegar on top.

In general, I’d say that Greece is an excellent holiday resort especially for vegetarians since the Greek kitchen does use a lot of fresh veggies that usually are served with something dairy-based, like feta cheese.

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I had these chick pea patties that I flavoured with some locally-produced olive oil and vinegar. Another quite common veggie dish was ‘fried zucchini balls’ that were served with dairy-based tzatziki sauce. Also dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) were served with that sauce – just make sure that they don’t have minced meat in them as well.

Yours,

Miah

architecture, roadtrip, traveling

Kefalos and the Mountains of Kos.

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Probably the best (and physically hardest) day of my holiday was when we rented a quad and drove across and up the mountains of Kos.

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In the left upper corner you can see our vehicle for the day.

Okay, this post may be filled with stereotypical panorama shots showing the landscape and view from a bit higher above, but the pic below gives (another) honest representation of the terrain. Very hot and dry, sand blowing everywhere. Still really beautiful and exotic for a person from the North!

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The next pics were actually taken from a smaller town called Kefalos where we stopped to have some cool (non-alcoholic) drinks and a light lunch.

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Notice the small cactuses planted to line the edge of the cliff. On the background you can see the winding road that we came from.

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A part of the town of Kefalos; on the right side the small taverna where we had lunch.

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Another reminder for this pro why pics usually tend to look better when the sun is behind you. I promise, I’m going to get this some day!

Luckily my friend promised to give me some photography lessons in Liverpool next month – so stay tuned for the announcement of my upcoming trip which hopefully will result in at least some upgrades in my photography skills…

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I have to admit being a little bit scared when we were driving down that road when returning back to Tigaki at the end of the day… I may not be an expert, but I’d argue that quads are probably very handy and safe when driving upwards in steep hills.

Unfortunately, for making steep turns while driving downwards of a steep hill and trying to give way to the coming traffic… I think that a scooter would’ve been a little bit more a safer option.

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This is pretty much where our small (and hot!) road trip ended: a beautiful beach that has a name that I’m unfortunately not able to recall. After this point we headed back to Tigaki while enjoying the last bits of the windy but refreshing quad ride!

Yours,

Miah

popular culture, traveling

Shopping in Kos.

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Unsurprisingly, but nevertheless quite charmingly, the whole island of Kos was filled with products made from olive tree and its fruits; soaps, flavoured oils, cups, cutlery, honey dippers, candle holders etc.

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The first shop that caught my eye in Tigaki was The Olive Market that offers a wide selection of ‘traditional and natural products’ made in Greece. The beautiful and authentic feeling with the friendly service kept me coming back to this shop until the very last day! The family who runs this shop is clearly not in the business just for the money: the additional gifts and off-the-counter toasts indicate that they are providing customer service in its truest, whole-hearted meaning. I would highly recommend this place – even if you only have one day to visit Tigaki.

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Many of the small touristic shops as well as the mini markets had their fair share of the more generic souvenirs; such as the phallic-shaped bottle openers and key rings.

And before anyone asks, yes, I also got a couple of those. What can I say, I have a lot of gay friends in Finland…

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Tigaki had also some smaller boutiques with the kind of witchy hippie vibe that I personally am really into. All kinds of small jewellery and wind chimes were really popular products in this shop!

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The main touristic beach boulevard in the centre of Kos town was filled with vendors offering a wide selection of bohemian beach-appropriate jewellery.

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You could also easily get a realistic or caricature portrait of yourself, your dog or a family member drawn from a picture or live model.

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One of the most inspiring and unique shops I stumbled upon was The Imaginarium. I have to admit first going in to pet the cute dog that accompanied the artist, Ioannis Kamateros, but soon realized how amazing all the arts and crafts there were. I must have looked like another tourist nutter who just randomly bumped in to say hello to his dog!

You can easily find the place located in the alley behind the Tree of Hippocrates which is in the Platía Platanou (‘Square of the Platane’). The place is pretty easily recognizable by the beautiful snail sculpture on the outside wall. And if you get thirsty in the heat of Greece, there is a small restaurant located right next to The Imaginarium.

Yours,

Miah