Friday, July 07, 2006

2006 Summer Beach Holiday: Typically Greek

Here is a collection of typically Greek sights that we encountered during our summer holiday in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, particularly in the islands of Kos, Kalymnos and Pserimos.

Fishing boats (in Kefalos) - Attractive and colorful Greek fishing boats dots the harbor of every Greek island.

Despite the rich and abundant seas surrounding the island of Kos, fishing production only serves as part of the daily food consumption of the locals and mainly compliments and services the strong and prime tourism industry of the island.

Pink flowers and Cypress trees – The bougainvillea, different sorts of pink flowers (the one on the picture I do not know the name?) and the pointed Cypress trees, they are everywhere. Summer in Greece gives you a feeling of everyday spring. Simply beautiful!

Blue windows, blue chairs and white houses (taken in Zia and Lagoudi) - The colors are a very pretty combination indeed. In the mountain villages, locals tend to adapt these two colors with the accent of a cloud of pink flowers hovering on top of the roof or a small bush-like bunch planted in a big urn placed outside guarding the house doors.

In addition, blue and white are the colors of the Greek flag ergo its national colors.

White-washed Greek Orthodox churches and their dome-styled roofs that looked like a half jumbo egg painted in blue. This church is in Kefalos in the south, once the capital of Kos.

Inviting Greek tavernas, in blue and white theme offering lekker Greek cuisine: mousakka, domates kai piperies yemistes [stuffed tomatoes and peppers], souvlaki and gyros with tzatziki, Greek salad, dolmades while some call it dolmathakia [stuffed vine leaves], and Dutchman’s favorite, Greek yoghurt with honey.

Old man with his cane and the Greek traditional worry beads – This one was taken in Kardamena by the harbor boulevard. He was such a puppy, he actually loved being photographed! He quickly straightened up his cane and after the shoot he gave me a huge smile. Check his hands too; he has those traditional Greek worry beads that I noticed many older Greek men are always carrying.

“Efcharisto!” [Thank you, pronounced as ef-ka-ris-to] I said walking away. “Parakalo!” [Your welcome] He grinned showing only a few teeth.

Beliefs says, when rolling your thumb and fingers with these beads, it will help ease life’s stress and worries.

Cats are everywhere! --- If dogs own Thailand, the cats own Greece.

Rich in history: Castles and protected archaeological ruins way back during the Hellenistic age before the Roman civilization was established on earth.

For such a small island, Kos has many significant archaeological sites to offer to the travel and history buff. The Asklepion ruins of Hippocrates, the Roman ruins --- Odeon, stadiums, churches, public baths, altars... then you have the Ancient Agora ruins, some fortress castles – I’ve been to three of them, just to name a few.

I feasted on these, literally... but the Dutchman complained, saying, “I have not a single inch of interest on these as I have been culturally overdosed and wrecked as a child.” LOL, such a pity. He actually grew up with culture and history enthusiast parents that dragged the whole family in Europe from one church, ruin, and museum to another.

No toilet paper in the toilet bowl please! The sign should have read, *Do not drop paper into the toilet bowl* --- and not toilet seat!

Greek sewage pipes are small and throwing paper toilets into the toilet bowl would mean clogging up the pipes. So everywhere in Greece, you will see these signs inside the toilet rooms (water closet).

As an obedient tourist, I didn’t throw my toilet paper into the bowl, that is, when I used it for purposes such as peeing, wiping my hands or anything else other than pooping! Can you actually stomach throwing the dirty tissue with your very own excrements into the trash bin? That is just so ewww!!! Gross!

And little box altar churches on the roads – A sad memento from the Greeks; they represent death, that someone died on this spot, and in many cases by vehicular accident. I have seen a lot of these on the roads especially along the dangerous long, winding and high roads.

Typical Greek souvenirs to bring home for use as well as gifts: Spices, herbs, cinnamon and olive oils in Zia mountain village. Other gifts and souvenirs include: honey and jam products, sponges in many sizes, olives, marmalades and sweets.

I brought enough spices and herbs to Holland that can supply me at least a year of blissful cooking in my kitchen.

Sun and the beach – Guaranteed sun and warm days... Precisely the main reason why the Dutchman prefers the south of Europe as a summer holiday destination, and that includes the Greek islands.

First photo taken in a small island called Pserimos, with only +-100 inhabitants. The second photo is taken in Tarzan beach in Kos island, a restaurant and beach club catering mainly to Dutch tourists (that is why the sun beds and parasols are in bright orange color! ha-ha!).

Islands and island hopping – No man is an island. In Greece, just like in the Philippines, island hopping is a daily grind and a sought after leisure activity by the tourists.

The first picture was on the way to another Greek oasis within the Dodecanese group of islands, Kalymnos island. The second picture is the Kalymnos harbor with white-washed and pastel colored Greek houses nestled on top of each other in the mountains.

Greece, so enchanting and will always be beautiful.

Travel Period: July 2006

Destination: Kos (Dodecanese Islands), Greece

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