Early morning we arrive at the Turkish town of Kusadasi. While the other ship passengers go on a hurried brief tour of Ephesus (we shall visit on Day 10 spending a much longer time in this important city) we shall have a free morning to enjoy the quaint port city of Kusadesi, with many interesting nooks and corners and shops!
We sail at noon to the Greek Island of Patmos, a penal island where the Apostle John was incarcerated for several years. We shall visit the Monastery of St John situated on the island’s highest point, It houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury. There is also a Grotto or cave of dubious authenticity associated with John. We return to our ship and proceed to the island of Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean “.
I read Art’s blog on the tel of Patmos Island before visiting Patmos – how interesting.
My Prayer – Father as I am reminded of the book of the Revelations that was written by John on the island of Patmos, I remember the end of the age is coming, and that I should be prepared for that wonderful day when together with all the saints we shall sing “Holy, holy, holy” and fall down and worship You, King of kings and Lord of lords. Indeed it is my prayer – even so come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Kuşadası takes its name from the Turkish ‘kuş’ (bird) and ‘ada’ (island) — literally ‘Bird Island’, a reference to Guvercin Adası (‘Pigeon Island’), which is connected to the mainland of Kusadasi by a short causeway. Today, citizens of Kuşadası often shorten the name to Ada.
Kuşadası caters to tourists, growing to over half a million during the high season, when the large resort fills with tourists (from Turkey itself, northern Europe and the Balkans) plus the hotel staff, bar staff, construction workers, and drivers who are needed to work in the restaurants servicing all these visitors. The hills behind Kuşadasi are built up with big hotels and blocks of holiday flats.
The “downtown” area near the waterfront is quite modern, with many stores and an open air bazaar. Offerings range from typical souvenirs to fine jewelry and Turkish rugs. Hawkers frequently implore passersby to come inside, but with patience, visitors can find quality items at prices often somewhat better than in large cities. Bargaining is expected, and essential in the bazaar.
- Mosaic Rugs, Mahmut Esat Bozkurt Cad. No:8, ☎ +90 256 612 82 82. Located next to the Port, a showroom displaying traditional Turkish handmade silk and wool carpets with an exhibition area where staff happily explain the rug making process. Learn about silk production, natural color dyes and the art of traditional carpet weaving. No obligation to buy, but should you wish to purchase a traditional Turkish rug to adorn your home then world wide delivery is available.