After Hippocrates death the people of Kos built the famous Asklepeion, in honor of the god Asclepios, which operated as a hospital applying the methods of therapy taught by Hippocrates.
These ruins were found in 1902.
I went on foot up to the hill where these ruins stand at a distance of 4 km south-west of Kos town.
Because of the slope of the ground the buildings were put up on a number of levels, with steps between them.
Greek food from mother's kitchen!!
Mummy's Cooking is a small, traditional family-run taverna in Kos Town. It is located on Bouboulinas, the main road running inland from Dolphin Roundabout, and is a 5-10 minutes walk from the harbour.
I ate here at lunchtime one sunny afternoon during my visit to Kos in May 2006.
The restaurant has tables outdoors under a canopy and a host of tables indoors with blue and white checked tablecloths next to the open kitchen. Dining outdoors felt like sitting on the front terrace of somebody's home, while inside felt like being in their kitchen. It really does have the feel of eating at a Greek family's home rather than in a restaurant.
Unsurprisingly, much of the menu consisted of homemade local dishes, many of which I had never heard of. Many of these dishes seemed to include beef or lamb in some form of tomato and vegetable based sauce.
The dishes that I did recognise included:
Appetizers: Large beans, bean soup, Greek salad, saganaki (fried cheese), cheese pies, spinach pies;
Main meals: Beef steaks, pork chops, grilled chicken, beef stifado (a beef stew containing tomatoes and onions), moussaka, pork souvlaki, grilled shrimps, octopus (pickled or grilled), calamari, cuttlefish and whitebait.
Some of the more substantial meals (especially those that required the meat to be cooked for a long time) were not available at lunchtime, only in the evenings. I opted for:
Giouvetsi - Cost: 5 Euros
A traditional Greek dish containing 3 pieces of tender beef in a tomato, onion and red wine sauce and served on a bed of small pieces of pasta (similar in shape and size to rice). The cover charge of 0.50 Euros included a portion of crusty bread (3 slices) and a sachet of frozen butter!
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 2 Euros
A fairly cheap beer by restaurant standards.....but still more expensive than in the supermarkets where such a bottle would cost just 0.80 Euros.
Good, traditional, home-cooked Greek food in a homely setting.......worth a visit.
This is a lovely spot in Kos town. Here, there are plenty of outdoor Cafes if you want to stop and have a bite to eat. If you just want to sit and relax those weary legs like I did, then there are seats along the Harbour front. Boats here do day tours to the nearby Islands.
This pair of columns stands in the ancient Agora area of Kos Town. It was re-erected by the Italians who had quite a bit of drive in them when it came to re-erecting columns, having done it everywhere they possibly could within the Greek islands.
Well, I suppose it looks nice.