The island of Patmos
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I was excited about visiting the island of Patmos. It is here that St. John received the vision and wrote the book of Revelation in a small cave on the hill. I couldn't wait to see it and the history that was there.
There were optional excursions that the cruise ship offered, but we chose instead to walk to the sites for free and enjoy the morning. When the boat docked just before 7am, we were the only ones at the door. The tours left a little later in the morning, and everyone else was sleeping in. Oh well. We exited the boat and were filled with excitement at what we were going to see today. Hand in hand, we walked through the streets of the small town and started up the hill towards the cave.
We continued upwards and began to find signs for the Cave of the Apocalypse. Off in the distance, at the top of the hill stood a large monestary dedicated to St. John which we would visit after the cave. When we began our final ascent, we saw ahead of us a nice German couple from our boat that had also chosen to walk. It turned out we were the only two couples that walked that day. So, we instantly hit it off and finished our walk to the cave together. Peter and Cathy (what a coincidence!) were their names. Just as we entered the site, we heard the loud rumble of the buses pulling into the parking lot.
Finally, we were allowed inside and we headed downward to the cave, which was now under a small church that had been built several hundred years after St. John was there. We couldn't take photos in the cave, but just being there was incredible. You could still see where St. John had carved out shelves in the rock and a place for his head. It was possible to picture him working there, and what he was doing when he received the vision. There is just something special about sites such as this, so full of history and importance.
After we had soaked up enough of the cave, we continued our hike to the peak of the island's hill where the monastery sat.
Knowing that we had plenty of time, we really enjoyed our walk back to the town at the water's edge. Once there, we walked among the shops, looking at the little goodies each one had to offer. I went and stuck my feet in the water, which was rather warm even though the days were getting colder. When we were content with what we had seen on the island, we headed back on board the cruise ship and prepared for lunch - and our return to Turkey to visit Kuşadası and Ephesus.