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The Town of Ioulis: Simonides’ Birthplace

by Josh Cohen on May 26, 2011

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

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.

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