From Patmos back to
Day 5 - Monday, 20 April
Monday was a lazy, restful day, with beautiful bright sunshine.
With our heavy drapes closed, we didn't see a ray of it before 8 a.m. Before
catching a late afternoon hydrofoil back to Samos, we explored the village and
its shops, wandered among the houses and enjoyed coffee frappe in an open-air
A little church on the
island of Patmos.
At the northern end of the island, we observed steam issuing
steadily from a hillside. None of our guidebooks mention it, and it seems to be
just another taken-for-granted wonder of this part of the world. Mineral rich
hot springs, or steam and gas issuing from the ground (sometimes poisonous,
sometimes intoxicating), are just everyday things to the Turks and the Greeks.
It is part of their world.
Beneath this beautiful surface restless things are happening.
Earthquakes and volcanic activity are not necessarily just things of the past.
But it may be that the steam we see here is the dying breath of an old and deep
vent into the hot interior of earth.
Lines, shadows, colors and textures on Patmos.