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Page 26 of 77 25 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 All photos by Bob Hoelscher GREEK ICONS Incredibly picturesque and popular Mykonos was our fi rst port, and due at least in part to ideal weather, we found it absolutely packed with tourists of every description and nationality. The town center is world famous for its iconic, brilliantly whitewashed businesses, residences and chapels complete with colored domes and decorations, plus tra- ditional Greek windmills, scores of shops, boutiques and waterfront tavernas. Even though I had been to Mykonos several times previously, the scene was so mesmerizing and kept me so busy with my camera that I managed to miss our planned shoreside dinner. Kusadasi, Turkey, is the port for the ancient Kingdom of Ephesus, the extensive ruins of which give testimony to the splendor of the realm during the Hellenistic and Roman times. On foot we explored remains of the Odeon, the Temple of Adrian, the Celsius Library, Ag- ora, the Ancient Theatre, the excavation of terrace houses and other sites. Everything here is not historic and authentic, however, as the bazaar just outside the ruins complex included a booth offering "Genu- ine Fake Watches" for $10. Nearby also, we visited the Christian shrine Monastery of St. John on the Island of Patmos Santorini church Mediterranean meal in Kos

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