It was a nice little 10 minute ride from our ship to the harbor at Skale - ten minutes out of our alloted hour and a half! When we got off the tender there was a cute little touristy street with more souvenir shops. We started to look around but most of the places still weren't open on this Sunday morning. A few were preparing to open as we watched shopkeepers sweeping in front of their shops, wheeling out carts full of vegetables and souvenirs, and rolling down big awnings at the front of their stores. I think Gail had finally reched her saturation point for shopping on this trip. She actually turned away from the shops and spotting a row of taxi cabs she suggested we go over and ask what it might cost to go up to the monastery. As we approached the cab stand we saw about a dozen other tourists from our ship get there before us. They spoke a few words to the cabbies and piled into three of the four cars waiting there. We almost turned around but the remaining cabbie called us over. He offered to take a carload of us to the monastery and to the Cave of St. John for 25 Euro. He promised it take under an hour. When we said we couldn't all fit in one cab, he somehow conjured up another cab thatrolled up the second he said he could find us another.
Day Sixteen (Sunday) July 9th 2006 When I woke this morning I could still feel our ship moving. Debarkation for Patmos was supposed to start at 9:30. In my windowless room it was a bit difficult to guess just what time of day it might be and not having a decent watch with me I had no idea what was going on. After laying awake in bed for maybe 15 minutes while Mike blissfully dreamt of diving with frolicking dolphins and discover ... read more
Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
My wife and I met forty years ago when we both worked for the airlines. We got out of the business when deregulation "ruined" it. Now she takes me with her students on her educational trips abroad.
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