Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mykonos and Delos

We arrived at the Port in Mykonos, Greece this morning and we were off the ship by 7:30 a.m. Mykonos is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The water is very blue and all the buildings are painted white. I asked someone why that was. She said it is a tradition now, but originally, the buildings were painted with limestone to disinfect them in times of the plagues.

The center of Mykonos was designed by Mykonians centuries ago to discourage pirates and invaders from finding their way around. All the streets are narrow and wind around like a maze. It is easy to get lost. It would be hopeless for someone like me to live here.

The Church of Panagia Paraportiani

From Mykonos, we took a 30-minute ferry to the island of Delos. This island was one of the ancient world's busiest commercial ports. Today, the island is uninhabited except for archaeologists who live there while excavating. Delos is only 1 mile by 3 miles in size. One-tenth of the island has been excavated to reveal the ruins dating back to the 9th century B.C.

Some of the ruins from ancient Delos include the Temple of Zeus and Athena, Sanctuaries of Apollo & Artemis, Colossus Apollo and shops and residences.

Lions of the Naxians.

5 comments:

  1. Oh I just love that first picture!! :) HJM

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    1. Me too! I think it is my favorite so far. I watched that little boy playing for awhile and just had to get him in a photo.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Marianne

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  3. Remember: leave space around your photos, and don't put everything in the dead center of your frame :)

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