|Subject: Re: Samos, Greek Islands|
Hi Frances, Susie and all Ziners,
Many, many years ago we island hopped for three weeks throughout
Greece. We started in Crete, with a trip to Santorini, and
overnight to Rhodes where we spent a few days.
>From Rohdes, we took local ferries stopping in Kos, Patmos and Samos. Of these three, it would be difficult to choose which was more interesting but all were welcoming and relaxing. Kos is the home of medicine. Hippocrates lived on the island and there is a spring said to have been around since ancient times whose waters were purported to comfort ailing patients. The location where Hippocrates practiced this new science is a peaceful spot to spend a few hours.
Patmos is where St. John lived in a cave and wrote about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse. The cave is dark, windy and eerie.
Coupled with fasting, you can easily imagine why he had revelations. The Monastery of St. John, in Hora, is worth a visit and and if you time it right, you can hear the monks chant.
As Susie has said, from Samos, you can ferry to Kusadasi and take the bus to Ephesus. Ephesus is spectacular. Once a weterfront settlement, the area has silted up so it's no longer on the sea. We tasted some of the best pizza we have ever had on the island of Samos. Lucy, Toronto