Time for the volcano…
We started the morning with a quiet breakfast ready for the long day ahead.
The coach picked us up at about 12:05 (thankfully we were the last pickup, so we will hopefully be the first drop off!)
After a short trip to Kerdamena (or dirty K as the reps refer to it) we jumped on a boat and set sail (but without any sails)
The one hour boat trip flew by, and before we knew it we were in the small town of Mandraki.
Mandraki is the capital of the island (volcano) and houses only 1000 populous
We started our root by visiting a 600 year old monastery (which we had to get to via 128 stairs up the side of the cliff face). There was a short presentation inside the monastery followed by a long trek back down to a cafe with this view … (Scenic photos from the monastery on my other camera)
I indulged in some tzatziki and Greek salad and Paul had stuffed tomatoes with cheese and pepper sauce
Whilst waiting for the coach up to the volcano I took this shot into the harbour
Next was another hair raising coach ride up to the outer rim of the volcano. This was the view from the top
Inside the volcano looked like someone had taken a snapshot of an arid African farm land and bottled it up for smaller volumes of consumption
We headed down into the main coldera after a short geology lesson
The coldera is filled with many holes releasing sulphur and steam – not pleasant on the nose and the temperature must have been 40+
After our trip to the volcano, we were take to one of the two original villages on the island established many hundreds of years bc. This is the view looking back out to Kos and Turkey
Eight hours after being picked up by the coach we watched the sun set on our boat trip back to Kos. Best day yet.
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