We wound up on Kos where we had arranged to meet friends for lunch. We stayed at the same little Pansyion we stayed at last time we met those same friends on Kos. They live in the UK but like to take their holidays in Greece! The Pansyion is set back from the very quiet ‘strip’ in the quiet tourist resort of Lampi which is an extension of Kos Town and an easy walk from the harbour. The hotel is set in farmland and you can sit around the pool watching the puppies chase the goats and chickens in the field next door.
Kos is genuinely a ‘holiday island’. It has wall to wall tourist resorts all around the coast and a few farms in the middle. We had great fun taking the hired quad bike over dirt roads through the mountains, bumping over rubble, turning round at dead ends and finding some beautiful views.
Ultimately, though, Kos is about eating and drinking and sitting on the beach. It does have some spectacular beaches and we did go swimming, though we didn’t take photographs. Ashley excelled himself by finding the little restaurant we ate in two years ago, it’s just above the village of Zia, but, sadly, it was shut. We hope not permanently. We struck it lucky again though by finding a lovely restaurant (Taverna Zia no Stress – highly recommended) at the top of Zia which claimed to have the best moussaka in Europe. We took that as a challenge. The moussaka was very, very good indeed and the stuffed courgette flowers were wonderful. It was also very quiet, given that Zia itself was as busy as usual.
The next day we had a fish lunch with our friends and their young son. We were right on the beach so he was able to run off and play safely. We ate a lot that afternoon so, in the evening, it was mezzes at the restaurant local to our hotel. This was the mezze plate to go with wine. There was a different one to go with ouzo (mostly seafood)
The one fly in the ointment was when we put Ashley’s cash card into a cash machine which ate it. This was a cash machine attached to a bank, but it was a Saturday and our ferry left for Bodrum early on the Sunday morning. It was at this point that we discovered that Garanti Bank’s phone line does not work on our mobiles when we are outside Turkey. Thankfully the bank machine immediately re-credited Ashley’s account and we were able to cancel the card from the bus to Aydin on Monday morning. A new card was ordered on Tuesday and arrived at our bank in Selcuk within a week.