Kos, The Italian Influence

Greece Dodecanese Kos Government House

“In Greece one is ever filled with the sense of eternality which is expressed in the here and now; the moment one returns to the Western world, whether in Europe or America, this feeling of body, of eternality, of incarnated spirit is shattered”                                                                                                                                    Henry Miller

After all the walking from site to site there was time now for a break over a leisurely light lunch before a final bit of sightseeing which was something that I had completely overlooked thirty years ago – the Italian influence.

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11 responses to “Kos, The Italian Influence

  1. Perhaps you should have titled this, Kos, the fascist influence? Or maybe you decided against that.

    Interesting though, and the exhibition sounds great. I would have enjoyed that. Adds so much more to appreciating where you are.

    Gib is quite italianiate in a way, but part of the mixed heritage comes from Genoa.

    The issue about taking England out of the English person is also interesting. I’ve met other ex-pats years ago and the truth is, after living outside your native country for years, you are never at home anywhere after that. Nether here nor there.


    • I suppose it could have been the Fascist influence – we shouldn’t let all the unpleasant aspects of the regime take away from the tiny % of good which, I think, includes the architecture. Italian 1930s railway stations and public buildings are quite wonderful.
      I didn’t know that there was an Italian influence in Gibraltar.


      • The heritage here is very mixed, but apart from the obvious andaluz strains, the others are specifically Genovese, Maltese (I nearly wrote maltesers), Moorish and Portuguese. I’ve probably missed something out, but those are the ones most frequently cited.


      • Andrew Petcher

        I’ll probably drop in one day and take a look when I am much older and have been converted to cruising!


      • roughseasinthemed

        At that rate you will never visit!

        Sleazyjet flies here. Not sure about your fave.

        Hotels are dear though. I always suggest people rent an apartment. Much better value especially if there is more than one of you.


      • Andrew Petcher

        Good Advice – thanks!


  2. Dictators always want to leave their mark on history, so they often leave some great buildings behind, shame about everything else that goes with it


  3. What an interesting place to visit. We certainly see the influence of the occupiers on the occupied. It’s always a great improvement of the culture in the longterm. This is most especially true when a culture is rich and far more advanced.


  4. Beautifully judged piece … especially the gorgeous closing para.
    And that magical adjective “ignorant”.

    Dai Woosnam


  5. Reading the subsequent correspondence, I want to say this about Gibraltar.
    I love the place. I have made 3 visits there over the years: the last two occasions driving down from Fuengirola.
    I parked for free in the car park next to the cable car station. I positively ADORED the Barbary Apes (not “monkeys” as they are often called!), but had a hassle when I took my car all around the Rock through the tunnel and back to the same car park. My problem came when I got myself into a pickle in residential streets near the centre.
    Despite the fact that in some ways Gib is so redolent of a Britain of half a century ago, they are not so British that they drive on the left! Oh no!
    But “which side one drives on” is incidental, in the narrow residential streets, where I really got stressed! Here the cars are parked on either side, leaving the smallest possible gap for cars to drive through! (How the fire engine gets through, I knowest not.) Everybody seems to have their wing mirrors permanently folded in, or risks having them broken. And to look at the cars in the car park is an experience in itself: virtually every one has scratches and dents.
    But, all things considered, Gibraltar is a very rewarding visit.


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