Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Island of Delos by Margot Justes

About a thirty minute ferry ride from Mykonos is the island of Delos. And what an island it is. Uninhabited, that is not exactly true,there are approximately 25 people living there, but they are either archeologists or security personnel.
The island is bare, there are no snack shops, no hotels, no restaurants, the wind can whip up in a quick frenzy, it is in fact quite desolate. There is a museum where you can buy books and other Delos souvenirs, but that is the extent of the touristy trade.
What makes this island unique are the ruins. Amazing ruins. The whole island is covered with them. It is an immense site and one not easily forgotten.
Delos is said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Archeological traces indicate the island was inhabited as early as 3000 B.C. Some of the ruins are so well preserved that you can actually imagine what the structures looked like and how they were utilized.
From the Doric Temple of Isis to the Archaic Lions, the mosaic floors, the sites are truly inspiring.

Off the beaten path, I observed an archeologist crouched on a low portable chair, a pad and pencil in hand as he meticulously measured something on the ground and then put it on paper. I snuck up on him and watched as he quietly continued his research. Time stood still and the serenity on the island was disturbed only by the fierce wind.
If you ever find yourself in Mykonos, do take the time to visit Delos. I promise, you will not be disappointed, you will in fact be enthralled. However, do wear comfortable shoes, the terrain is brutal.
Till next time,
Margot Justes
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

Love the photos! That's the type of stuff I like to explosre.

Anonymous said...

What an adventure - thank you, very interesting post.
Jackie Griffey

June said...

Wonderful. It sounds like such a interesting place to well as a perfect location for a book!!


Morgan Mandel said...

An entirely different world than around here - like stepping back in time. Great photos.

Morgan Mandel

Margot Justes said...

It is like stepping back in time-way back. I must say, it was one of my favorite islands.
Margot Justes