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House with the Masks

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    Ancient Delos

    October 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today I had booked a guided tour of the uninhabited island of Delos. This is the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The story goes that Zeus got jiggy with a mortal. His wife, Hera, was not best chuffed so banned her from giving birth on land. Delos was floating so provided a loop hole. As a present for bearing his twins Zeus anchored the island and made it visible.
    During the Hellenic times it became a huge trading post for both goods and slaves and being a tax haven, it thrived. However a plague in Athens was blamed on Apollo and his island had to pay the price. No one was allowed to be born or die on Delos. People left and the ruin that stands today shows the most amazing details of life 4000 BC.
    History lesson over! I had a great day strolling around the island imagining myself in ancient Greece. The houses and shops are amazingly intact as they were buried. There are intact streets to wander along too. The temples however were visible and locals raided them for centuries for building materials. Apparently it wasn't just the locals, a part of the collusus of Apollo is in the British museum!
    It was crazy windy again today hence the crazy hair! Plus Anthony Gormley has an exhibition there at the moment so we kept stumbling on his figures which I liked but our guide was less certain.
    Back in Mykonos I was swayed by a trendy bar with an inside area (I'd had a little too much sun) and paid a small fortune for three chicken wings and a bit of iceberg. 😋
    I made up for this with a Nutella crepe, delicious.
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