We then explored the adjacent hilltop town. They winding streets lined with white-washed houses was the idyllic Greek Isle. The various owners painted the front doors individual colors, and bouganvilla draped over garden walls added additional color. One of the stops was a private home that has been in the same family for centuries. The owner was a charming older woman with family stories of Russian trips, European vacations and times past..
The final stop in Patmos before the required shopping was at a family owned tavern. We had a delicious snack of local food and the staff did traditional dances. The family across the table had met our dinner table mates. The mother had been in a ladies restroom when E arrived. She proceeded to enter and Out of Order stall and get locked in. She did not pay any attention to the LARGE sign warning of difficulties. So she is in the stall pounding on the door and screaming. Does not surprise me. The name derived for them was Special Gems of the Sea.
Back at the port, we wandered around the streets with various shops. It was very quaint and the shop owners were not pushy, always a benefit. Besides the tourist shops there were some small cafes that catered to the locals. They were enjoying the sunshine with a small afternoon snack. After a few little purchases, we boarded the tender to return to the Pacific Princess.