Saturday, October 27, 2012


Delos is a small island about a 30 minute boat ride from Mykonos.  It is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.  It is an active archaeological site and for as old as it is very well preserved.  It was a holy sanctuary and an important religious site to the ancient Greeks.  It was a very prosperous island until the 1st century B.C.  For more information click here
With all the thunder and lightning we had this morning, I was thoroughly convinced that the Gods were not happy that we were on Delos.

 Birthplace of Apollo and Artemis

 Mosaic floor.  Well preserved

Sewer system

Thursday, October 25, 2012


After the visit to the Sphinx we returned to the Mena House Oberoi for a fantastic buffet lunch before heading back to Alexandria and our ship.  The return trip to Alexandria was an adventure by itself.  In fact the travel time in the bus was an adventure.  There are several "rules of the road" in Egypt   I think the number one rule is:  I'm bigger than you are!!  Get out of my way!!!  Another one is : I want to go that way, there is an open lane, so what if I'm going against the flow of traffic there is no "one way sign".  Hey, there's a roadside stand.  I'm hungry and thirsty.  I'll stop here. If I block the lane, they"ll go around me.  It was an
absolute trip. Part of the time it was as good as a ride at Disney World.  Our bus shared the road with trucks, 10 passenger taxi vans, cars, horse and donkey carts, three wheel motorcycles and pedestrians who would madly dash across the road at any time.   Our driver did a fantastic job!!!!  
Egypt is a fascinating country and I would like to go back and spend more time exploring it.

 The next three pictures are of the 10 passenger taxi vans.  They would stop where ever they wanted to discharge and pick up passengers.  One stopped at the beginning of a bridge over the Nile.

 Street market in the middle of the street.
 Van Taxis
Taken out the front window of the bus.  Notice how close the truck is.
Alexandria neighborhood.