Yesterday’s Day Trip to Symi and its Monastery

We boarded the ferry at Rhodes town after what seemed like a very long coach ride. We were the first so we had the pick of the seats but we had an hour to wait for departure… 

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The views on the way to Symi were lovely. It’s at that point that you realise just how close the Islands are to Turkey. With vies of Rhodes on one side and Turkey on the other. 


Symi is beautiful with its different coloured houses one on top of another. I did wonder as we arrived would there be enough room for us all… Another boat load came in and most people just seemed to disappear. 


Our guide gave us a bit of the history of the island. Including telling us of St Paul who went after crashing in Rhodes to get his boat fixed. There are 300 churches on the island. He said that even though he was there for a short time his impact on sharing his faith is visible. “Faith gives the power to do the impossible” – sometimes it is the small occasions that have the biggest impact long term. 


After our short tour we were directed to a restaurant to eat where we could sit and feed the fish while we ate, it was lovely though very hot at 48 degrees!


After the heat we headed back to the ferry to move down the coast to the Monastery. It was tucked away but bigger than expected. As we got off the ferry we realised on lady was in tears crawling on her hands and knees to go and give thanks for an answer to prayer  only the women have to go on hands and knees!


It makes me wonder who we treat answers to prayers or miracles today…

We enjoyed the stop though didn’t find a new Icon to add to our collection. 


The return journey was as lovely and relaxing as going but good to be away from the heat. A lovely trip out if you ever think of going…

About localpreacherforkliftdriver

I am currently a Methodist Minister in the Huddersfield Circuit with pasoral charge of Hade edge, Scholes, Parkwood and Bradley churches. Views are my own.
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