Delos and At Sea

Sep 11, 2018 - Sea Cloud

This morning Sea Cloud offered us a beautiful view of the sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis. The tender took us ashore. There were no other visitors at this hour, and the early sun gave the island a mystic atmosphere.

We started our tour with a brief overview of the legend associated with the island, the history of the place, and the importance of it in the Greek culture. A slow-paced walk took us first to the residential area, where we strolled the narrow streets of the once-thriving town. We visited the houses, the shops, and the theater. We returned to the port before continuing our visit to the religious section, to see the remains of this very important religious center of the ancient world.

The Naxian lions still guard the place—in the middle of what was once a sacred lake—where Leto gave birth to the two gods. Our walk ended next to the museum, giving people the chance to wander on their own before returning to the harbor and the tender that would take us back to our vessel. Lunch was waiting for us back on board, and we ate as we sailed toward the island of Amorgos. We arrived at Amorgos around 7 p.m., closing a perfect day with a perfect view of the Katapola harbor.

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About the Author

Kriton Piperas

Cultural Specialist

Born in Tanzania, East Africa, Kriton Piperas studied art history and graduated the State School for Tourist Guides of Athens. He has lived in Athens since the 70’s and served as a professional guide and lecturer since 1981.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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