June 28th, 2012

drinking bird

6 days on a Greek island

Last week I came back from a trip to Europe. I was in Milan for a few days visiting one of my best and oldest friends. Then, with a group of her friends [most are my friends too] we went to Karpathos in the Dodecanese. It is close to Rhodes and the Turkish coast. It was a lazy holiday, given there is little of note on the island, outside of the pretty coast and its beaches. Unfortunately the water is not potable, so you need to buy some large bottles of mineral water everyday.

We stayed at a smallish hotel a short distance from 3 pretty beaches. It has the usual blinding white exterior, lots of bougainvillea vines climbing the walls, red hibiscus in the little garden.

Here is the bougainvillea on the trellis over my terrace:

A view of the pool area from my terrace

My room window and door

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A typical beach

the coast is jagged

The view from another small beach. You can see a very typical small church on the hill, and, of course, a cafe

Some idle fishing boats

Last photo, the hills of the interior, with a heat haze blurring things. On the extreme left you can glimpse a distant bay. The sea is never very far, this is a small island.

The terrain is rocky and rather poor. Olives trees grow in some places, but there is little else. Anyway the goats eat what's left of the vegetation!