A day trip to Delos and a bottle of wine

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Oct 09, 2010


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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Trying to get used to the idea of not flushing toilet paper down the toilet is proving more difficult than you might think! You have to put toilet paper in a separate bin as the sewer system here can't handle it but old habits are hard to break so there have been a few "fishing" expeditions ... ewww!

Just thought you’d like to know that as a great way to start off the day’s entry!

After a quick breakfast, we took a ferry over to Delos, another island which is about 30min away and went on a guided tour.

Very interesting place as it used to be a major commercial centre 2,000-3,000 years ago, with about 30,000 people living there at the height of its popularity.  Some very clever stuff going on too like:

-          Two storey houses, with water cooled areas

-          A huge, underground water catchment and storage system throughout the city that allowed them to store up to 2.8m cubic metres of water and therefore get through the hot, dry summers

-          Underground, gravity-fed sewage system (just make sure you don’t live in a valley!)

-          A huge arena in which plays were performed.  Even the poor were invited to attend these and were compensated for their loss of income – so they got paid to watch the theatre!

Not much left now except a lot of ruins as the whole place was plundered twice during the last century BC but still very interesting for a visit.

Jeff got yelled at when he tried to pose next to one of the Greek statues, “NO POSE!”  Oops!

Back to Mykonos for more roaming around in town, then back up to our hotel for some much more relaxed sunset viewing and dusk shots.  So beautiful!

Walked back into town befriending more cats along the way (the kittens are so cute!).  We had a late dinner at a beautiful garden restaurant where we tried some of the local specialties - spinach & cheese pie, rice stuffed tomatoes and dolmades - and also shared a bottle of wine.  After this we wandered drunkenly around the beautiful laneways and along the town beach for some night time photos and impulse jewellery purchases before arriving home and flopping into bed.
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