Mykonos Town is on Mykonos Island in the Cyclids of the Agean Sea. It's the “white buildings on the hillside” scene that is classic for Greek islands.

Our shore excursion is to the nearby island of Delos, the legendary birthplace of the God Apollo and his sister Artemis. It's a huge archeological site and a sacred site that was free of war for thousands of years because of its religious significance and its accessibility. The first inhabitants were here in 5,000 BC, and the remains of the city, in it's glory from 300 BC to 88 BC, with over 20,000 population, was a center for trade, spirituality, parties and banking. In 88 BC, 3,000 soldiers attacked the city and burned it down, killing over 20,000 people. No one knows if the soldiers were Greek or Roman or others, but that was the end of habitation.

Delos has been excavated for 150 years and only 10 percent of the city is uncovered. Most of it's treasures were taken away and are in museums all over the world, but much of the slate and marble used for its homes and public buildings remains, fallen in on itself over 2,000 years, but leaving a record and stories of a thriving city described by Homer and left for us to explore.

Tom and Karen on the ferry to Delos.

The columns and tiles of a home's atrium.

George, our guide, a graduate of the University of Chicago, and Bruce.

Karen at the theatre built to hold 6,000 people.

A singer – the acoustics are still great. Apollo was the god of the sun, but also the god of musical instruments and performances, hence the name Apollo given to movie theaters and concert halls world wide.

 

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