Saturday, April 5 – Day 6
The day started early. Since we sailed through the night while we were sleeping, we arrived at Kusadasi, Turkey while we enjoyed breakfast. At 7:15, we left the ship, boarded our bus, met “John” our Turkish guide, and drove to the largest archaeological site in the country – Ephesus. Indeed, the city of Ephesus back in Paul’s day was massive. Probably up towards 250,000 lived here.
Our tour started at the upper part of the excavated part of the city. Along the way, we saw the Agora, the public bathrooms, numerous columns and arches, the Library of Celsius, and of course the theater. We read Acts 19 while sitting in the theater, one that held up to 25,000 during the time when Paul was here on his third missionary journey. Acts 20 informs us of how special this Ephesian church was to Paul, as the elders came with farewell greetings for him as he left the region for Jerusalem.
After seeing the archaeological site of Ephesus, we returned to Kusadasi. We visited a carpet school. We also walked around this port city for a while before boarding back on the ship. After lunch on the ship, we sailed 3.5 hours to the Island of Patmos. Here, we visited the Grotto of St. John, traditionally the area where the Apostle John lived while in exile on the island. John’s vision of “Revelation” took place here. The view from the highest point on the island was excellent!
We re-boarded the ship at 8 p.m. for a late dinner. After dinner we enjoyed a traditional “Greek Night” show. Tonight (while we sleep) we sailed south to the island of Crete.
Sunday, April 6 – Day 7
We plan to see Crete in the morning, and then sail north to one of the most beautiful Greek islands – Santorini.