I did a day-trip to...
I did a day-trip to Patmos island with two of my guide-friends who were on duty that day (Free as usual!!).
The majestic Monastery of Saint Jean sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by white typical greek houses.
It was here that St. John the Theologian was exiled between 95 and 97 A.D. and was inspired to write the Book of Revelation or Apocalypse after he heard the voice of God in a nearby grotto where he stayed 16 months.
Great excitement on the car ferry "Spirit of Samos" from Samos to Patmos when we sighted dolphins in the sea. We were making the trip in September of 2009.
Three of them paced the boat for about fifteen minutes then drew ahead and disappeared.
I tried to take some photographs but it my EOS 300D just didn't react fast enough. This was the best shot I got.
Monastery of the Apocalypse
In the cave inside the monastery is where Saint John is supossed to have written the Apocalypse.
The Monastery was built around the original cave, and is located in the road between Skala and Hora. There is a bus, but you can go there walking in 15 minutes. Ask at the Tourist Info for schedules, it doesn't open at regular times.
Skala haas two small beaches - although there are better ones on the island so we didn't actually get to swim on tem. First by the harbour where the ferries sail in, there is not a particularly attractive beach to swim from with boats moored here. The second is at the other side of the village - a small narrow, shingle beach that is not too uninviting to go for a swim. It is called Hohoiaka Beach, but it is also called Sunset Beach - the taverna behind is a good place to have a drink and watch the sunset - there are also tables actually on the beach.
Holy Grotto pf the Revelation
St. John remained on Patmos for 18 months, during which time he lived in a cave below the hilltop Temple of Diana. During his time in the sacred cave, he supposedly wrote the Revelations as well as the 4th Gospel