Two islands, two different experiences: the classical antiquities of Delos and the decadent charms of Mykonos

Terazzo floor in villa on Delos

ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEYI feel some guilt about the fact that I have not made it to any of the fitness classes with Inga.  She does yoga and pilates on the top deck at 6:45 and other guests have told me they are terrific, but I can’t seem to get myself to bed early enough – too many people to talk to, too much music to listen to.  We do some walking on the tours, though, so perhaps I am maintaining a minimum level of fitness.

Today we visit the island of Delos, an uninhabited island that we get to by tender. Delos is said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The ruins are beautiful.  To walk the pathways between the remains of shops, small homes and opulent villas brings history to life.  The museum on the island has a fine collection of pottery and statuary, despite the fact that many of the important artifacts were moved to Athens.


Artifacts from the Archeological Museum on Delos

Back to the ship for lunch, and then a real shift in activities – shopping and touring on the vibrant island of Mykonos.

Mykonos

This was the island where Shirley Valentine learned there was more to life than egg and chips.  Narrow streets, white houses, busy cafes and good shops – this is an exciting island, and it is no wonder that it is a popular destination.  I bought some handmade jewellery, and a beautiful belt.  We sat in a café with a view of the beach and ocean and enjoyed coffee and people watching. Everyone on this island seems to be good looking!

Tonight we enjoy a dinner in the Terrace Restaurant on the back deck.  The chef has created a meal of Greek specialties and everything is fresh and good.  The Dolphin Trio moved between the tables playing music while the sun set. Later we end up in the Ambassador lounge to watch Shirley Valentine – so appropriate.

Photos by Barbara Ramsay Orr

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