the wandering chick
...a Greek cruise
...Patmos, Ephesus and the Canal of Corinth

The cruise through the Greek isles was a fascinating trip and one of the most educational I've ever taken.

We visited ...

... Patmos, most known for its religious link to St. John the Apostle...

... the ancient ruins of Ephesus, where you actually feel like you're walking the streets of gold...

...and the Canal of Corinth, a man-made waterway built between 1881 and 1893 to shorten the journey between the Gulf of Corinth and the Aegean Sea.

 

ladies in hats
the ship...
ship's terrace
ship at dock
view of the sunset from ship's deck
deck chairs await loungers
people enjoy sunning on ship's deck
ship's deck
tug boat
Patmos...
overview of Patmos
Patmos overview
bells above chapel
chapel on hill
Patmos sign to religious cave entrance
bougainvillea
man tenderizes octopus at water's edge
hibiscus plant beautifies home
This guy is tenderizing an octopus for a local restaurant.
Left: The bell tower above the Monastery of St. John
Bougainvillea and hibiscus (right) adorn the white-washed houses on Patmos.
Ephesus...
Ephesus' amphitheater
Ephesus ancient grounds
Ephesus grounds
Ephesus grounds
Ephesus grounds
Ephesus grounds
Ephesus grounds
ephesus library
Ephesus amphitheater
the Canal of Corinth...

Ephesus is located in Turkey, near the coast, south of Izmir. The closest town is Kusadasi, a port town.

Ephesus was the cultural and religious center of the ancient world, having at one time an estmated population of 400,000n to 500,000 people. It realized both success and prominence, but also suffered irreparable destruction by both enemy and earthquake.

It is no city today, only an archeological site. However, you can get an amazing sense of what it was like in ancient days as you walk the marble streets past the remaining columns and structures.

The amphitheater was used for not only musical performances, but for public meetings and even fighting by gladiators. Today it's still used by modern performers.

The acoustics are phenomenal. I remember distincly standing on the top row and very clearly hearing the tour guide on stage as she spoke to her group.

The ruins of the library of Ephesus, one of the largest of its time.

It's hard to believe a ship the size of ours (and it was, in fact, the largest that could) was able to squeeze its way through the narrow passageway of the Canal of Corinth.

But squeeze it did, having less than six feet of spare room between the ship and the cliffs looming on either side.

Most memorable was the silence. The ship's motors were turned off to be pulled through by tug, and the passengers simply stood in awe, marveling quietly and appreciating greatly such a wonderful experience.

Perhaps we were all just holding our breath!

people watching journey through canal
tug pulling cruiser through canal
ship entering canal of corinth
ship passing through canal of corinth
ship passing through canal of corinth
deck hands gaze at cliff tops
Even the deck hands seem to be aware of the heighth of the cliffs, more than 200 feet (63 meters). .
tourists on board watch as ship makes it way through the narrow canal

The canal is 3.9 miles (6.3 km) long and 26 feet (8m) deep at low tide.

The width varies from 69 ft (21m) at the bottom of the water to 82 ft (25m) at the surface.

The canal is too narrow for most freighters these days, so it's used primarily by cruise ships. Ours, at 60 ft wide, was one of the largest to make it through.

 

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