Discovering the Island of Kos as well as the Surrounding Islands

Situated in the southeastern Aegean, Kos is the third largest island with the Dodecanese. The island is quite green and filled with flowers. The island’s historic monuments and landmarks, dating back to Antiquity, the Hellenistic and Roman Times, also because the Middle Ages provide a feast for those looking for to learn far more about the island’s past. For the carefree tourist they make up a picturesque and pleasant environment in which to stroll.

Above all the island is renowned for the Asclepeion, the ruins on the sanctuary of Asclipios exactly where the father of medicine Hippocrates set up a hospital as well as a college of medicine, at the same time as for the “Platanos” an ancient tree under which Hippocrates was to have taught his students, with its ancient techniques where street vendors and little shops sell all kinds of fascinating memorabilia, handicrafts and jewelery. Other substantial historical sights are: the ancient Agora, the ancient theatre, the Kos museum with its important collection situated on the primary square opposite to the regional market place exactly where you are able to obtain all sorts of fruits, vegetables, local goods and spices, the Casa Romana (remains of a roman property) with its one of a kind set of mosaics, the medieval castles built by the knights of St. John (in Kos town, just outside Antimachia, in Palio Pyli, and also the ruins of walls in Kefalos), the remains of an early Christian basilica close to Mastichari, a few churches plus a monastery…

For those just wishing to take it easy, the island’s amazing scenery: extended sandy beaches, innumerable dunes, smaller secluded coves, gorgeous blue waters… constitute the ideal atmosphere. For the additional adventurous sorts, biking and hiking are an awesome way of taking within the scenery and discovering places off the beaten track.

Climb for the major of mount Dikaeos and visit the chapel perched on its peak, uncover the picturesque mountainside villages which have maintained their regular character, take a look at Plaka, the wood west of Antimachia, habitat in the wild peacocks, Antimachia’s windmill, the only operational windmill in Greece and the classic Greek house nearby, take a swim inside the thermal waters of Aghios Fokas…

From the island of Kos you can take a look at pretty loads of smaller sized islands:

Kalymnos, the sponge divers island may be simply reached from the tiny port of Mastichari in 20 or 45 minutes depending on the boat you choose to take. Discover every little thing in regards to the regular handling from the sponges and stroll through the key city of Pothia together with the common colourful houses, the fish taverns and the harbour promenade.

Nissiros is usually a volcanic island and can be reached after an hour’s boat trip from Kos city or Kardamena. Check out the volcano with the view with the crater, the steaming earth as well as the yellow landscape filled with sulphur and later on loosen up inside the smaller picturesque … Continue reading ...

Holiday Tips – How to Build the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe

For many people, the capsule wardrobe is the holy grail of dressing. The concept in itself is simple: it is simply a collection of clothes that work well together, and can be worn in different ways to suit different occasions. Achieving a capsule wardrobe for everyday wear can be tricky and certainly expensive at first, but almost everybody will already possess the essentials for a holiday capsule wardrobe.

Before you even start mixing and matching, take a deep breath. What kind of holiday are you planning? How long will you be going for? Will you be going to any events requiring a particular dress code? What is the weather forecast like?

Once you’ve answered all these questions, you can start drawing up a preliminary list. This should include your absolute essentials, such as underwear, socks and tights, as well as essential holiday items. If you’re going skiing, it’s likely you need a ski jacket! If you’re going to the beach, you probably want a sarong, bikini and a pair of flip flops.

So. Now you have your essentials sorted. These are things you will take no matter what. Now you need to do a bit of calculating! You need to know how many outfits you’ll require for your trip. Remember, this includes the flight or journey there and back. One thing that’s really worth taking into consideration is if you will have access to laundry facilities. If so, you can afford to take less with you and maybe even save on baggage charges if you’re flying.

Look at your itinerary. Are you planning on spending all day on the beach, but going out to clubs and restaurants at night? Would you rather spend your time wandering around museums and galleries? Are you planning to go to bars or go clubbing? Will you be doing any sports, and if so, what kind? Your holiday capsule wardrobe will fit around these considerations.

By now you should have a basic idea of how many separate outfits you will need and what you will need them for. Now you can start putting the actual wardrobe together.

With a capsule wardrobe, you are aiming for flexibility. While you do want one or two stunning, unusual pieces, the majority of the items should be classic and in neutral colours, such as black, grey, navy, khaki or white. The best pieces are ones that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, a smart pair of jeans can be worn with a shirt for a casual daytime look but snazzed up with an evening top and heels for going out. Or, a wrap dress with leggings is great for the day, but at night bring out those heels again, ditch the leggings and put on some pretty jewellery and you’re ready for anything. See what I mean?

Here is an example of what I’d take to a hot, beachy destination:

  • shirt or safari dress
  • wrap dress or sundress
  • floppy hat
  • flat
Continue reading ...