Day 3 - Saturday, 18 April
Saturday morning, 7 a.m., we caught the hydrofoil (Flying Dolphin)
to Patmos. The speed is about 37 mph as opposed to the 12 or 15 on the Kusadasi
Prenses from Turkey to Samos.
Patmos Island, Greece
A beautiful pink-tinged morning gave way to an equally beautiful
sunny Mediterranean day. The hotel in Patmos was quite different from our
experiences in Turkey, much more modern (and probably more expensive.) After
checking in, we explored the village.
On our return to the hotel room, a plate of sweets and red eggs,
together with two tall white candles had been placed on the dresser. It was
nice to be at leisure for a couple of days, and a Greek Island must be one of
the best possible places to relax and unwind.
two nights at the Skala Hotel on the island of Patmos. St. John wrote the Book
of Revelation while exiled to the island.
We ate dinner at a nice restaurant up the street. A group was
there, talking and sharing with each other. Two women at a nearby table were
working hard to make candle holders from the bottoms of plastic bottles.
Tonight there will be a hike up to the monastery, services will be held, and
candles will be lit. The fire will be passed from candle to candle, and people
will say to each other, "Receive the light."
Jim and Geri, however, will be sleeping - uh, make that trying to
sleep. The fireworks (to scare away the devil) kept exploding all night long
and through the next day.