We left Antalya on the night of June 20th bound for the Aegean coastal town of Bodrum in Turkey and our ferry to the Greek island of Kos. We decided to make the 7 hour journey on the night bus to give us one more day in Antalya and to save a hotel room for one night. In hindsight, we also decided that it would have been better to take one of the day buses to Bodrum and stay the night there. We got on the bus at midnight on the 20th and neither of us got much sleep. We arrived in Bodrum about 7:00 AM and found our ferry after wandering around for a while and asking a lot of locals where the ferry port was. We departed about 9:00 AM. The trip across the water was only about 45 minutes, but after standing in the customs line on the Turkish side and then passport control on the Greek side, it was about 3 hours in total.
In Kos, we arrived in the port town of Kos City, got some lunch and then got a taxi to our final destination in the town of Kardamaina about half an hour away. The taxi driver was a very nice local man who gave us a great primer on the island, the people who live there, and what to do while we’re there. After a long trip, our room with and actual bed was a welcome sight. After a couple hours of much needed sleep, we took the five minute walk to the beach and spent a couple of hours there before having dinner at an awesome seafood restaurant right on the beach. June 21st also happened to be our sixth wedding anniversary so it was a nice way to celebrate.
The next day, which was our only full day in Kos, we rented a scooter for about $20 and rode all over the island. It is very small, only about 10 Km across and 45 Km long, so you can cover a lot of it on a scooter in just a day. We started out by riding up to the ruins of the fortress overlooking Kardamaina. The view from there was great, and it was a nice place to find a shady tree and eat our lunch. From there we rode to the other side of the island to the town of Marmari for some more beach time and swimming in the warm waters of the Aegean. Next, we rode to the Western most end of the island, and then up to the mountain town of Zia where we had some cold drinks and enjoyed the view. After returning the scooter at 8:00 PM, we walked into Kardamaina and had dinner of pizza and salad while watching soccer, which is the only thing anyone has on TV in Greece right now. It was almost like our normal Sunday night ritual at home of pizza and a movie.
The next day we spent by the pool at our hostel and at the beach before going back to Kos City to get our overnight ferry to Athens at 10:00 PM. The ferry to Athens was a really great way to go. It was fairly cheap, about the cost of a hotel room and included a cabin with two beds and a full bathroom with shower. It was really fun to hang out on the deck and the views of all of the Greek islands we passed by were great. We got much better sleep than we did on the bus.
We are now in Athens, which is our second to final destination before heading back to the U.S. in a few days.