The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 36: Touring Delos Residences

Join Thor and me as we start our tour of ancient Delos with the mazelike residential and theater quarter.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

I was excited to end our Greece trip with a boat excursion from Mykonos and day tour of Delos and its extensive ancient site. We’re not usually fans of following tour guides in a group, but it’s the only practical way to visit the site and make sense of the widespread ruins. So we set off in the morning past the windmills near Mykonos harbor.

Delos, one of the most important historic sites in Greece, was settled by the 3rd millenium B.C. The original inhabitants were apparently pirates who were expelled by King Minos of Crete, when the Cretans dominated trade in the Mediterranean and Aegean. We docked in the ancient harbor, near the residential and theater quarter that was the first part of the tour.

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 36: Touring Delos Residences — 4 Comments

  1. Wow! Everything on that island is fabulous–especially that mosaic. But equally arresting is the pair of statues gazing out to sea. So much grace in the forms. Altogether fascinating.

    • Thanks, Sherwood! I, too, felt moved by the two statues. It is such an extensive site that we couldn’t see everything on my wish list, and the tour kept us rather corralled until the end, when we had free time to climb the “mountain” for a 360 view of the island and all the areas to be excavated. But we learned a lot from guide Ariadne that we wouldn’t have noticed on our own.

  2. I always like seeing the houses; places where people actually lived, and trying to imagine what life was like then.