13.12.2011 - 13.12.2011
Today the sights were open so we went around and saw them.
First was the fortress overseeing the Kos harbour built by the Knights of St. John. It was really impressive by itself. But also interesting to look around it, seeing the various defences and guessing at the purpose of the various things.
It is also impressive to see it knowing this isn't a fortification built by a government but funded and organised by a separate organisation. Not sure how much they were funded and supported by an actual government, either a lot or possibly not at all, but the organisation is still impressive.
Then we took the bus to the nearby ruins of a temple and healing complex called Asklepieion. This island is the birthplace of Hippocrates. I forgot to mention yesterday that we saw the tree that Hippocrates lectured under. It is a huge plane tree. Plane trees are supposed to live only two hundred years but this one is still alive. I'm guessing they die crushed by their own weight since this one has all of its branches supported by scaffolding.
Asklepieion was pretty good. It took a bus ride to get to it so was snuggled away from most civilisation. It was very beautiful.
This island has had groups of one to three cats all over the place. Like it is an island that likes cats, although they all seem gunshy. On exiting and waiting for the bus, I saw a cat on a wheelie bin. This is the first one that let me pat it instead of looking alarmed and suspicious and running away. It started meowing and within a few minutes the car park filled with cats like something in The Birds... only with cats.
Again ate too much through today. Two gyros pitas for lunch after getting back from Asklepieion, though had a smallish dinner. But have been eating peanuts from a market through the evening.
Have to get up and get to the dock by 5:30am to catch the ferry to Rhodes. So hopefully we manage that and I don't stay up too late tonight.