A tale or two : Mykonos and Delos

Little Venice, Mykonos- courtesy of Wikipedia

Little Venice, Mykonos- courtesy of Wikipedia

Did you ever press the Publish button accidentally?  Hmm?  Momentary panic!

Normally I check and triple check my posts before launching them, but I must have had a twitchy finger when I published Santorini.  It was my intention to slip the islands of Mykonos and Delos into a paragraph or two at the end of the post.  I wasn’t there for long, and crucially, the photos of these two, along with Naxos, are missing from my collection.

But twitch I did, and before I knew it, Santorini was out there!  Reading through the published content, I decided to leave well alone.  Maybe it was meant- Santorini surely deserves a post of its own.

But what to do about Mykonos and Delos?  Why, own up, of course.  So, yet again, it’s my pal Wikipedia to the rescue.

Remnants of the Greek theatre, Delos- courtesy of Wikipedia

Remnants of the Greek theatre, Delos- courtesy of Wikipedia

I remember feeling distinctly underwhelmed as the boat docked at Delos.  A barren island, with limited water supply, according to Greek mythology it was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.  Delos became a major cult centre and place of pilgrimage, and to ensure its purity, it was decreed that no-one be allowed to give birth or die on the island.  It is a strangely atmospheric place.  To me it felt sad, the lions no longer commanding due respect.  From the summit of Mount Kynthos, the panorama of the Cyclades below.

The Terrace of the Lions was dedicated to Apollo- source Wikipedia

The Terrace of the Lions was dedicated to Apollo- source Wikipedia

Establishment of the Poseidoniasts

Establishment of the Poseidoniasts

Mosaic floor in the House of the Dolphins- source Wikipedia

Mosaic floor in the House of the Dolphins- source Wikipedia

It was hot on the island, with little shade, and I admit my priority was to reach Mykonos.  I was eager to see for myself the red roofed churches and to idle through narrow whitewashed streets.  The harbour was just as I expected.

Chora- Mykonos Town- courtesy of Wikipedia

Chora- Mykonos Town- courtesy of Wikipedia

There was far too little time, on a day trip including Delos, to do justice to Mykonos.  I was left with an overall impression of beauty and romance.  Probably good to leave it that way.

Looking down on Mykonos- courtesy of Wikipedia

Looking down on Mykonos- courtesy of Wikipedia

57 comments

  1. Wow .. I wish I had visit more islands when I was there for such a long time in Athens, I have really missed out big time – and I had that yacht too that would have taken me anywhere. Thanks for sharing your islands with me.

    1. Mykonos was super trendy 26 years ago when I was there, Madhu, but everything was on a much smaller scale then. I imagine it might be a bit spoilt these days with those cruise ships docking in the harbour.
      We did Rhodes too. (coming later) Thank you on behalf of Wikipedia.

  2. Lovely pictures, Jo. I’m so jealous of your Greek island hopping. I’ve only been to Crete many years ago but would love to see more of this beautiful country and learn more about its ancient past. 😉

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