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Icaria, Kos and Patmos islands in the Greek Dodecanesse May 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.

Icaria Island > Moving between the islands in the months of April to September is relatively easy, with many ferry services leaving daily to nearby islands where you can enjoy day trips or island hop to the furthest of the islands, Icaria. Legend has is that this is the island where the mythical Icarus fell from the sky after flying too high with his waxed wings to escape from the island of Crete. He and his father had been imprisoned by the King Minoas because his father was such a good architect and the King such a jealous soul that he did not want other kings to have palaces as grand as his.

Icaria is one of those places that can really take you back in time. In fact, the locals seem to have their own time there and it is not unusual to find the town square full of children and families at 3.00am . Shops don’t really close and are open until 1.00am. The locals are completely trusting and don’t lock their shops; they simply go home to sleep whenever they get tired. So if you need a bottle of water from an unattended shop, simply leave the money on the counter and take what you need.

Although this is no tourist island, you can find reasonable accommodation. From a visitor’s perspective, the unpredictability of the lifestyle and surrounds make me feel like a detective in a mystery film, it’s as if you can never really be sure when something is supposed to take place or what will happen next.

Kos Island > The island of Kos lies a few hours boat trip to the north-east and is a pleasant metropolitan town with many restaurants surrounding the beautiful port. Kos is famous as the birthplace of Hippocrates, said to be the father of modern medicine. Doctors today still take the Hippocratic Oath.

Patmos Island > Another fascinating island is that of Patmos, which is said to be the holy island of the Aegean. On the hillside adjacent the port of Skala lies the cave of the apocalypse, where the disciple of Christ, John the Baptist, was exiled during the Domitian’s persecution of the Jews and Christians from 81–96AD. It is here that St John is said to have had divine visions that inspired him to write the Book of Revelations. As you would expect, the island folk are devout Christians and both moral and modest in their dress and demeanour.

Getting to Rhodes is a short flight from Athens airport. From Rhodes, the door is open to venture and island hop the Dodecanese, the historical birthplace of Western culture and a connection back to the divine ages where gods were the reality of living and living was the root for an inspired existence.

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