Tuesday, July 17, 2007

July 10 - Delos Island, Greece

We took a daytrip from Paros to the islands of Delos and Mykonos. We really enjoyed Delos and wished we could have spent an entire day there instead of going on to Mykonos (advice for future travelers). Delos is a very small rocky dry uninhabited island just off the coast of Mykonos. It is said to be the birthplace of the Gods Apollo and his sister, Artemis.

Here are a couple of links for more info on this fabulous World Heritage Site:



Here are a couple of our favorite photos from our couple of hours there.

Yes, this is a picture of what you think it is (or at least a part of it). The Greeks were very much into worshiping fertility. Notice the shape of the head and body of the bird on the left side of the base of the monument. Yep... It is what you think it is also. The tour guide confirmed this as he told us the birds name was Di__Head.... I'll let you fill in the blanks.

As many of you might know, Angela loves the floor mosaics. Its amazing that these can survive intact from 200 - 300 BC.

This mosaic and column structure was from one of the mansions of the time.

This is the famous house of dolphins mosaic (only a close up of one corner, it was amazing!).
This is another excerpt from a mosaic.

This is the famous lions all lined up in a perpetual roar alongside the sacred way of town.
One of the many surviving temples. Its amazing to think these structures have been standing on this island for thousands of years.

And last but not least, Angela navigating once again!!!

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