Sunday, 21 October 2018

Charlestown Harbour

Dock at Charlestown Photo © Richard Johns (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Charlestown Harbour Photo © Pam Brophy (cc-by-sa/2.0)
A corsair will be standing in the dock at Porthkeres. Could she have brought in contraband from the continent?

Sunday, 14 October 2018

St. Austell railway station

St. Austell railway station
Porthkeres will connect to the town of St. Elys and a station not unlike St. Austell.

Photo © Phil Williams (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Charlestown Chapel

Charlestown Chapel
Close to the dockside in Porthkeres is a chapel not unlike this one in Charlestown.

Photo © Anthony Vosper (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 1. Santa Maria

About to set off from Kos Town harbour on the Santa Maria
The Santa Maria 3 Island Cruise - which visits Pserimos, Kalymnos and Plati - is a really fun and entertaining trip. We initially picked it because it's a lovely looking wooden (proper) boat. The crew, particularly Captain Mario, are ace performers and make it an experience to remember. Nice stops for coffee, beach, sightseeing; food on board was way more than good, dolphin spotting and swimming off the boat in crystal waters. Definitely the best boat trip and definitely our favourite trip on Kos.

Reviews: Santa Maria Kos 3 Island Cruise

(Much cheaper to book at the harbour, which conveniently, will be just a few meters from our hotel.)

Looking back to Kos Town as we leave on the Santa Maria

Neratzia Castle from the sea

Out to sea on the Santa Maria

First port of call for coffee and beach

Santa Maria at one of the islands we visited

Santa Maria at one of the other islands we visited

Monday, 3 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 2. Taverna Fantasia

Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia

The Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia is completely stereotypical and a wee bit cheesy, but this night out was such fantastic fun and well-organised, with a lovely atmosphere, not to mention the unlimited supply of wine and very good food for mass catering. We booked the trip, which includes transfer from your hotel by coach and a stop in Zia village to look at the views - at sunset - on the way, via Kosinfo

(Please note: prices drop quite quickly when you add more people to your party!)

Monday, 27 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 3. Aegli Cafe

Aegli cafe (left) on Eleftherias Square
Aegli cafe right on the main Eleftherias Square in Kos Town, is run as a women’s co-operative supporting low-income women, where you will find Greek mums doing amazing Greek home cooking, with a menu including dishes and salads that you won’t find on the menu everywhere else, along with delicious home made deserts and cakes (and probably the best Galaktoboureko I've ever tasted). We love them for the food and the welcome, as well as the business ethics. Highly recommended any time, but especially for lunch or for late night desert, coffee and people-watching.

Simple, but extraordinary salad at Aegli cafe
NB: We'll have to work our way through the entire menu of deserts all over again (it's a hardship, what we'll do to provide a full and accurate review ... eh?) as we singularly failed to get a photo of any of them. They were just too irresistible!

The Forou Gate HAns [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The bougainvillea-covered Forou Gate is on the opposite side of Eleftherios Square to the Aegli Cafe. Walk through the gate at night and you will arrive in the area known as Bar Street (actually, at least two streets) to find Clubs, Bars & Nightlife.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 4. Agkyra Fish Restaurant

Agkyra Fish Restaurant
There are fish restaurants in this area of Kos Town that describe themselves as the best, but this one really is. The food, wine and service at Agkyra Fish Restaurant are all excellent, the welcome genuine and if you want that Shirley Valentine moment sitting at a table right at the water’s edge – this is the place to find it perfectly. Oh, and they respond to comments on Facebook too – real people. Love them!

The Agkyra take on paella

Something on a stick at Agkyra

Monday, 13 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 5. Casa Romana

Courtyard in the Casa Romana
The Roman House or Casa Romana is a Roman villa of the late 2nd and early 3rd Century AD, built in the ruins of a Hellenistic house with a wonderful sewage system (exciting, eh?) located in Kos Town. It consists of 36 rooms and 3 outdoor spaces.

Open to the general public from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.

This is a fantastic example of how to do restorations really, really well.

You get the feeling as you walk round that you could almost move in and live there - or at least imagine how people will have lived there - and, despite being right on a busy street in Kos Town (to be fair, the builders probably didn't anticipate the growth in traffic over 2000+ years), it is a genuine (non-cliché) oasis of quiet and calm.

Must See in Kos: Casa Romana

Courtyard in the Casa Romana

Courtyard in the Casa Romana

Courtyard in the Casa Romana

Mosaic in the Casa Romana

Monday, 6 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 6. Agora (Market)

Kos Town Market on Eleftherios Square

Stuffed with souvenirs, the Kos Town Market (Municipal Market of Kos or Agora) on Eleftherios Square, is also the Farmers' Market. It has a huge selection of local produce (loukoumi and baklava, etc., that make great gifts and delicacies to take home for Christmas) as well as honey, herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits with some of the biggest, juiciest peaches I’ve seen anywhere (perfect for breakfast).

Monday, 30 July 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 7. Kos Town

Kos Town Harbour

In Kos Town see the Neratzia Castle (from the outside only as apparently it has suffered major structural damage and remained closed to the public since the earthquake in 2017) - on the harbour side of the castle, don’t miss the collection box to provide food for the local cats; the harbour itself; wander around the ruins of the ancient Agora; the legendary (even if unlikely to be historically authentic) Hippocrates Plane Tree; and the narrow streets of the old town for more tat shopping along with some nice restaurants and bars – these streets were cooler than other parts of the town too.

Neratzia Castle

A plane tree by the harbour side of Kos Town Castle

Cat at Kos Town Castle

View of the ancient agora (market) in Kos Town

The supposed plane tree under which Hippocrates sat

Cafe life in the streets of the Old Town Kos


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