Patmos Paradise Hotel
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... or two as you do when there is nothing else to do and your an aussie abroad.
Around 4:00pm we arrived at the island of Patmos where those who wished were tendered ashore for a few hours. We opted to stay aboard and chill out at the bar with a few others.
Showered and dressed up, shirt and long trousers we decided to fine dine in the dining room for a change tonight and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and being waited on. Retired to the cabin for a well earned ...
... The church was built in the name of John the Evangelist who was exiled there for 18 months in 95AD. From here we went down to a cave called The Grotto of the Apocalypse, where John lived and supposedly received the visions which he recorded and are known as The Book of Revelation. No photos allowed in the chapel or at the Grotto. Paul and I left the tour bus (I needed a bit of a breather after all of this!!) and walked down via the old ...
... chandeliers, and other ornate creations in the monastery itself, there to honor God. Art intertwined with religion - a combination we've seen over and over again.
We stopped for lunch at a restaurant that had great visual marketing: a mouth-watering photo of Greek gyros, which several of us wanted. We discovered they didn't have these yet (disappointing) but we were entertained by the owner of the ...
... to tradition St John wrote the book of Revelations here and it is also where he experienced a vision of Christ.
Patmos was also, according to mythology a present from Zeus to his daughter Artemis, the Goddess of hunting and protector of young women. She was worshipped here and the monastery of St John was later built on the site of her temple. The monastery now ...
... in a way that you can imagine how it would have looked all those years ago.
Lunch was at a traditional family taverna - great food and some traditional dancing - getting some of the group to join in. It was fantastic.
The afternoon was spent at leisure .... Most of the group needing some down time after a very busy few days.
Dinner again was at a local restaurant and it was delicious.