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 Talbot Bible Lands Tour    

The Cyclades islands lie east of the Peloponnese and southeast of the coast of Attica in the Aegean.  A total of 30 islands make up the Cyclades, the best-known being Myconos and Santorini. Other popular islands are Andros, Tinos, Delos, Paros and Naxos.

The reason to go to Delos is to see one of the oldest Jewish Synagogues of the Diaspora, as mentioned in James in his address to the 12 tribes dispersed abroad. The term diasporav is normally used in biblical Greek to refer to the scattering of the Jews.  He speaks of the synagogue and seems to intend a Jewish audience.  One of his intended recipients may have been those living on Delos, or certainly similar synagogues.

 

Myconos

We traveled from Pireaus (Athens) to Myconos aboard a ferry.  We came to Myconos to stay instead of Delos because Delos is uninhabited.  Myconos is a place of great beauty and very popular amongst tourists in the summer.  We intended to travel by boat 45 minutes to Delos the morning after our arrival but the wind was too strong, making the sea dangerous. 

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Myconos is has almost all white buildings next to the crystal blue sea.  It is about 6 hours by ferry from Pireaus (Athens).  According to mythology, the island was named after the son of the immortal Anios.  It is believed to have been inhabited since 3000 BC  It is one of the cycladic (circle) islands around the holy island of Delos (where Apollo and Artemis were born according to mythology).  In 425 BC  the Athenians in order to purify Delos forbade mortal people to be born and die on it.  The older tombs were moved and their content was placed in Rinia.  In 146 BC Myconos was conquered by the Romans,  In the 1500's the pirates occupied and looted the island.  The island has two magnificent bays with wonderful beaches and many shops.    There are over 600 churches on the island and several monasteries.

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Some sandy beach near town too

Beautiful sunsets on sea

More sunset

Windmills from downtown

Typical walkway through town, homes and shops

Another sea and windmill shot

Hillside

Myconos, the little Venice, city by the sea

 

Goats on a hillside

Many white houses and hotels

Esther and Susy

Windmills from our hotel

My friend the pelican

Our ferry leaving

Paraportiani, built between the 16th and 17th century, is actually 5 churches, in two levels on the hill

Dusk shot from the bay shops
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Me near the hotel
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Me at our hotel, the Kaholi
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One of many small churches right on the bay

Gary and me, near the hotel
The Archeological museum was built at the beginning of the 1900's to house the finds from the tombs of Rinia.  We saw samples of pottery dating back to the 9th century B,C. The most important item in the museum, because of it's size and uniqueness, is the huge amphora from Tinos dating back to the 7th century BC, known as the large jar of Myconos, it depicts the Trojan war and the hollow wooden horse. Embossed tomb pillars of Hellenistic period, 1st and 2nd century B.C.
 

January 6 marks a special holiday called Theophania or Epiphany festival.  The young men from the island compete to retrieve a cross thrown into the sea by the priest.  The winner gets to receive offerings from all the island inhabitants for one day.  Last year, the winner received $12,000 euros. 

 
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We had supper twice at the Marco Polo Restaurant, and enjoyed this nice bazooki music.  You can stop the video with the controls above.

     
 
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