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What a view!  And what a ride to get here!  

What a view! And what a ride to get here!

With the upcoming retirement of Michael Schumacher, Ferrari need look no farther than the isle of Patmos for a replacement driver. The way up the mountain is yet another winding, twisting route full of hairpins and blind turns. Our driver and the one following behind us took to these roads like ravenous dogs. I swear they were tearing up the asphlat and spitting it out under their tires as we slalomed our way uphill. On one turn I could feel the back end powerslide as we reached the apex. These guys were oblivious to anyone or anything on the road. Thank God it was a Sunday morning so no one else was stupid enough to get in their way. Halfway up the mountain we pulled off the road and our driver directed us toward a medium-sized white-washed church. He told us he'd be back for us in half an hour then tore out of the parking lot flinging rocks our way as he climbed further up the mountain road. Knowing we didn't have much time we made our way over to the white building trusting that he would indeed return. Since we hadn't paid him yet I assumed we would see him shortly. This was the view down on our ship only halfway up the mountain.
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

Turkish Flag 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
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