The Town of Ioulis: Simonides' Birthplace

After I arrived on the island of Kea (Ceos) last night, I learned that the buses don’t run on the island until June, so I couldn’t get to the campground unless I wanted to pay \$60 round-trip for a taxi. I decided to stay one extra night at the hotel and visit Ioulia, birthplace of Simonides of Ceos.

I ended up walking the 5.5 km up to Ioulis today, checking out the archaeological museum (no photos allowed), and making a quick memory journey. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the famous lion statue that must have been there when Simonides was young. The girl at the cafe pointed me in a direction and said there was only one road to the lion, but it turned into the typical maze of paths and stairs that are found in the Cyclades, and it was getting late.

Simonides

I can’t afford to stay in the hotel here, so I’m going to a different island tomorrow. I will definitely return, because it is a amazing island, with a lot of hiking opportunities and archaeological sites. I’ll just have to plan the trip better next time.

Simonides

Simonides

Road to Ioulia, Ceos

Road to Ioulia

Road to Ioulis, Kea

Road to Ioulis, Kea

Ioulis, Kea

Village of Ioulida, Kea

Looking down from Ioulis

Photo from Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Ioulis

Cafe in Ioulis

Cafe in Ioulis

Terraces around Ioulis

Terraces around Ioulis

Interesting Schist

Interesting Schist

Walking to Ioulis

Walking to Ioulis, Kea

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Dale

Dale 19 Sep 2021

It's fun to read about the travails of your travels, Josh. Thanks for the pictures too.

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