Greece: Kos I was there.

The plane landed at Kos airport just after 06.00.   Rapidly through baggage reclaim and out into the fresh morning air after having been cooped up in airports and planes since 19.30 the previous evening.  I declined to wait an hour and a half for the first bus to Kos Town and took a taxi, arriving at 07.00 before the town had woken up.

On the seafront, the remnant of a dramatic sunrise-sky.

Remnant of dramatic sunrise sky

Remnant of dramatic sunrise sky

After breakfast in a friendly hotel and with the prospect of a whole day ahead of me before a ferry to Symi at 16.00 I headed for the archaeological site of the old agora. Which I always find fascinating.   At the beginning of April it looked familiar but very different, prostrated marble columns almost lost in the spring vegetation.  Initial impression was that it was mostly green but closer inspection showed a wide array of colour as plants flowered and hurriedly set seed to ripen before the blistering heat of summer.  All against a backdrop of archaeological remains, some dating back to centuries BC.

Small brightly coloured flowers in a mass of vegetation

Small brightly coloured flowers in a mass of vegetation

Mallow with prostrate marble column behind

Mallow with prostrate marble column behind

Bits lying around everywhere

Bits lying around everywhere

Marble columns almost lost in the vegetation

Marble columns almost lost in the vegetation

Bits lying around everywhere

Bits lying around everywhere

In the cracks between marble steps

In the cracks between marble steps

Small brightly coloured flowers in a mass of vegetation

Small brightly coloured flowers in a mass of vegetation

Mallow with prostrate marble column behind

Mallow with prostrate marble column behind

In large colourful patches

In large colourful patches

Less obvious but intricate

Less obvious but intricate

A reminder of the Mediterranean's agricultural wealth from classical times - wild barley (I think)

A reminder of the Mediterranean’s agricultural wealth from classical times – wild barley (I think)

Type of dandelion ?

Type of dandelion ?

Wild barley

Wild barley

Wild oats

Wild oats

A flight of marble steps

A flight of marble steps

Standing columns, note the butterfly left foreground

Standing columns, note the butterfly left foreground

.... take a closer look

…. take a closer look

Columns in a 'meadow' of flowers

Columns in a ‘meadow’ of flowers

... and with a mallow in the foreground

… and with a mallow in the foreground

Masses of small flowers all mixed up

Masses of small flowers all mixed up

Daisies and masonry

Daisies and masonry

Butterfly and mallow

Butterfly and mallow

A solitary orchid

A solitary orchid

Stately and spectacular

Stately and spectacular

A kind of bugloss, I think

A kind of bugloss, I think

.... a closer look

…. a closer look

Mallow and marble carving

Mallow and marble carving

Mostly finished flowering but a few reamin

Mostly finished flowering but a few reamin

Minaret on old mosque in the agora points to high cirrus cloud

Minaret on old mosque in the agora points to high cirrus cloud

Carving still in place on top of column

Carving still in place on top of column

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8 Responses to Greece: Kos I was there.

  1. Jen Barclay says:

    Lovely! I’ll be flying in to Kos in a couple of weeks, en route to Tilos…

  2. BarryH says:

    When are you coming? How long will you be on Tilos? Have a good time.

    • Jen Barclay says:

      I don’t like writing publicly my precise dates of travel but will be settling back in to my house on Tilos for the foreseeable future, so hope to see you either there or on an island nearby!

  3. BarryH says:

    No problem Jen. I completely understand.

  4. David says:

    hope to see you on Tilos at some stage Barry

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