It is time to leave Mykonos but once again I feel like I am back in uniform. I vacate my room by noon and then hang around the lobby of the hotel until 6:00p.m., when the bus takes everyone down to the port for a ship due to arrive at 6:30p.m.. Once at the port everyone shows their passports to a rather disinterested custom agent. My chariot once again is the Celestryal Olympia. Once aboard, having surrendered my passport to the ship’s purser, it is time to look for my assigned cabin. Like most cruise ships, the cabin is utilitarian but not spacious. However, the cabin is there for you to sleep and shower. The rest of the time should consist of roaming the ship with its lounges, swimming area, and dining areas and going on excursions. This being said, I must make a comment on the shower portion of the cabin. I have had to use some small showers in my day, but this was a small, small shower. It was so small you would have to get out of it just to change your mind! But I digress. Once settled it is off to find a dining facility to eat and then a lounge to relax.
The Olympia does not leave Mykonos until around 11:00 p.m. setting sail for the port of Kusadasi, Turkey. The ship arrives early the next morning at Kusadasi but having been in Turkey before, I decided to stay on the ship and try to catch up on some sleep. Besides, the excursion leaves the ship at some ungodly early time in the morning. I find the dining facility for breakfast. It is pretty empty as most passengers are off seeing Kusadasi. We depart Turkey at 1:00 p.m. and sail to the island of Patmos. We arrive in the late afternoon and prepare to go ashore to visit the town of Skala.
For those not familiar with this island, it does have a claim to fame. In the early days of Christianity, Saint John the Divine, also known as John the Apostle and John of Patmos, was exiled to this island and was forced to live in a cave. While in exile he receives a vision and from that vision came the last book of the Bible: The Book of Revelations. A grand basilica was built on the island was destroyed by Muslim raiders. Monasteries were built and in 1207 came under the rule of the Republic of Venice. It was in 1340 that the Knights Hospitaller came to the island and built a fortress. They stayed until 1522.
It is July and that means heat and humidity. I was in shorts, a tee shirt and sandals. I was still hot. Then I saw this muslim woman and I was even hotter. She looks as cool as a cucumber and not showing the slightest concern for the heat and humidity.
I go to the waterfront to board my chariot for an all night sailing to Rhodes. Patmos was a nice respite. Rhodes promises to be a bit more challenging.
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