Delos Island: No one can be born there & no one can die there.... It's the law!
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David and I got up early..... we were excited because we would be going to Delos today..... our dream destination for several years..... We walked through the back streets of town trying to find a restaurant..... then David said he smelled a bakery...... We wandered a bit and finally found the bakery. It was a small local one that catered to the town people. An elderly man sat at the doorway and greeted everyone .... We got a couple of ham and cheese pies, two waters and sesame sticks.... We started towards the water and found a tiny coffee shop called Piccolo: We got two coffees to go .... (It is easiest to get Nescaf as it's instant coffee and the cheapest....)
We walked down to the water and sat near the fishermen sorting their catch.
We bought the Delos tickets and were sad to see that they were leaving one hour later than the day before and coming back at 1:30 instead of 3 (like the day before.....) The trip over took about one half hour.... We sat by the wharf and ate our breakfast and drank our coffee... finally it was time to load the boat. We sat up top where we could see the view....
As we approached the island I just about died when I saw how many columns were spread over the landscape.... An English speaking guide offered her services at 10 Euros per person..... Later, when I was standing in line waiting to buy tickets, I thought about the amount of time and thought we should take it because of how little time we had .
I started out up the hill...... David caught up with me and said she had not acknowledged him and had just continued her lectures... We wound up and up the hills.... We were delighted to see different mosaics in the individual areas.... and 10 minutes later we looked back to see that the lecture still had not broken up and they were still trapped at the benches near the ticket booth.
We could not believe how rich the area was with findings...... every turn had either a mosaic or a pillor interspersed with statues.... I was beside myself with excitement.... I kind of burst David's bubble by telling him I thought it would be wonderful to put a mosaic on our patio at home and I was getting some neat ideas... poor guy... It's just a thought..... but what wonderful mosaics.... some of theme represented waves and some looked like rows of boxes... with gods and mythological characters in them...
We walked almost to the temple of Zeus.
One thing we found very interesting was the number of lizards on the island.... we had to be careful where we walked as they were scurrying everywhere.... They are shy and very unaggressive.... about 3 inches long... most of them... but there were some that could wrestle a squirrel! They were impressive but they too, were shy and ran...
We regretfully walked past the museum as we had only 30 minutes left.... We EVEN walked past the museum gift shop.....
We got pictures of them and began going towards the boat area ... (luckily the boat had not arrived...) there were so many different areas, temples and monuments in the area David and I were trotting all over the place taking pictures of the signs and sights.... It was distressing to have to rush... but .... we will return when the hours are long again..... (11-1:30 is impossible)
David checked with the very crabby captain (get it .
We decided to drive around the town to see the famous windmills during the sunset.... We got to the "Little Venice" area where the windmills are located about an hour early and decided to have a glass of house wine while we waited.... It was very expensive for a glass ... (6-7 euros...) so we decided to have Greek coffee instead.... We got a bunch of windmill photos and drove out to the airport to return our wonderful Smart car.
The lady that had the Styx car agency was leaving for the night.... she cheerfully and willingly returned to her office to check in the car. She asked how we were getting back to Myconos town....we told her a taxi... she looked worried and explained there are no taxies that time of night.. ... It amazed us when she absolutely insisted on giving us a ride into town although it was obviously out of her way. Plus she had her 16 year old daughter with her who had to ride in the back because David couldn't squeeze in there.... What a super nice lady ... she really represented her agency well as far as we were concerned....
When we got to town we went to Blu Blu to the internet for a couple of hours.
We have a ferry to catch tomorrow afternoon to Syros.... It's the very last one going there this season.... from there we will catch another ferry to Santorini ..... It will arrive in Santorini at 2:30 AM...