2017 Pilgrimage to Greece (fifth update)
Updated: May 24
The first day we had a half-day art and history tour. The second day we had the monastery tour. This is a lovely convent that we started with on a beautiful Greek morning.
The island of Patmos does not have an airport. To get there, we flew to the island of Kos and then took a ferry. Patmos is a beautiful island. Our Bible studies with Fr. Kamal were held on our hotel grounds.
The monastery sits on a hill & was also a protective fort at times.
Another very special spot on the island is the Monastery of Saint John. It dates back to the 11th century. Here is some of the ancient beauty from inside the main courtyard.
The most holy place that we visited during this whole pilgrimage, to me, was the cave where St. John wrote Revelation. This is the view of what he would've looked at from near the cave.
Our guide was Carolyn, from England, that has lived on the island for over 20 years. She recently converted to Greek orthodoxy so had a lot of information that she was passionate about to share with us. We were fortunate to know her.
After our 3.5 days there, we took an overnight ferry back to Athens on our way to the airport.Our travel agent in Greece, John, met us at the ferry in Athens and took a selfie with us. He was great to work with & did a good job booking all the things that I could not.
This trip exceeded my high expectations. Greece is a beautiful, hospitable country. Our people were spiritually focused, kind and generous with each other. This journey definitely deepened my faith and understanding of Saint Paul's writings. I am very grateful for this experience!