Happy Friday, y’all! I come to you today as we’re exploring our final stop on the cruise – Katakolon – birthplace of the original Olympics!
On Thursday, we were in Athens – I’ll have pics for you from there in a couple of days. For today, let’s go to Mykonos! 🙂
Now – Amy and I have decided that the cruise lines should put Santorini (the FIRST stop!) at the end. Cuz…for sheer beauty and quaintness, the rest of them tend to be overshadowed. But – this is a lovely port town – being visited by some BIG. YACHTS! Like…
And some REALLY. BIG. YACHTS!
We tendered into the Old Port – and did a little walking around and sightseeing before the start of our trip to Delos…
…and made sure to get our picture-in-every-port done!
We got a little shopping out of the way, then headed over to get onto the SeaBus, which would take us over to Delos.
On the way, we ran into…
She was strolling around and one of the locals saw her and went and turned this tap on to a small trickle for her to get a drink. Which she did – until some tourist got in the middle of it and bothered her. Then she walked off to lay in the shade until the silly people left! 🙂
We loaded up and took a leisurely boat ride to Delos – the birthplace of Apollo! And Cleapatra spent some time here, too! On the way, I snapped a picture FROM the water TO our cabin on the back of Jewel of the Seas!
We arrived to see the ruins from the boat…
– and a statue hanging out in the water.
I figured that was a statue to honor Poseidon (or Aquaman – wasn’t really sure) – but was disappointed to discover it was one of a bunch of iron (read…really really modern) art works being displayed in and around the ruins. It was all modern-y and “supposed to make us think”. Not a fan!
Anywho…our guide was an archeologist who spent five years living on the island BEFORE it was designated as a UNESCO site. Which means…before there was electricity! THAT is a dedicated archeologist!
She gave us a totally fascinating tour – in addition to the temple of Apollo…
We saw ginormous homes – 12 – 13 rooms! – obviously owned by extraordinarily wealthy folks of the time. This one had a center “garden” – no plants, but columns around creating an open air courtyard inside the walls of the house. At it’s base was a mosaic “carpet” created with zillions of teensy-tiny pieces of marble and jewel. The original had been moved to the museum on the island for safe-keeping, but…even the “re-creation” can give you an idea of its beauty! 🙂
We saw their living room – with pieces of their lounging beds for…lounging and eating and sleeping…
Uhm…not Laz-Y-Boy OR Tempurpedic. Just sayin’!
This guy was most likely a ship owner (ie: WEALTHY!). You can tell by his artwork on the walls! Can you see the ship??
We went by the bank – it was really interesting hearing our guide tell us how they figured out it was a bank – and that across the “street” was the banker’s home. We saw what was probably the “teller” window…
And then – of course!…
WHY did I think they wouldn’t be on the island? They were, of course – hundreds of them. Sigh…
But I saw little dishes of food and water – and not a one looked particularly scrawny. In fact, they all looked pretty happy with their lot in life!
Not gonna lie, though – that was the hardest part of the whole trip for me. Seeing SO many kitties just wandering around. I’ll be glad to get home to hug my spoiled and pampered little puss! 🙂
We saw the city cistern…that would have been covered over with wood and other materials – being supported by those arches.
And the theater! She told us this could have held 6500 people! All men. The women…not so much! 😉
At the front of the “stage” is the remnant of a “gift” from a wealthy patron!
Probably didn’t get THAT at Wally or from Amazon Prime!
We saw Cleopatra’s house…and learned that the busts of the local inhabitants were like the early PhotoShop! They’d take the body of a young physically fit man or, I suppose, woman, and put their face/head on the top! Hmmm.
As we got to the end of the tour – passing the market area…
…and what remains of the base of the statue honoring Apollo. This is what’s LEFT – it is huge and it was supposedly 35m tall. JUST the base. Think how gihugic that statue must have been!
We finished up at the line of lions guarding what was once a Sacred lake…
We headed back to the docking area to await the SeaBus and…took a moment to cool off, dangling our toes in the Aegean!
I’ll be posting more pictures of Mykonos and Delos out on my Stamps-N-Lingers FB page – so be sure to Follow Me to get notifications!
See you tomorrow with pictures from Athens and Olympia! 🙂
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You might check them out on their Puppy Tubs FB page – they post pictures of all the kids playing. He’s been on a few times in the last couple of days – if you leave them a comment they MIGHT get the clue that he’s sort of a big deal!! 🙂
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