Bull Pulling – 1

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ====== In 2006 the Basque Government identified 18 particular rural sports, called H18K, in its Strategic Plan for promotion. These 18 categories include sports such as wood chopping, stone lifting, andContinue reading “Bull Pulling – 1”

Delos – 5

The final piece about the Greek Island of Delos, at the centre of The Cyclades. Following the Brown Path on the map the visitor heads across the Hippodrome and past the Archegesion or Sanctuary of Anios, mythical archegetes and king of Delos. This building dates from the 6th Century BCE, but was remodelled during theContinue reading “Delos – 5”

Mykonos – 4

In another room were models of a fishing boat, used to specifically catch octopus, wooden tools used to make boats, and a heavy, old diving helmet. There were finely painted models of a brig, a bratsera, a belou, a bark-bestia, and a sponge-fishing boat. The displays weren’t confined to Greece. There was a model ofContinue reading “Mykonos – 4”

Mykonos – 3

Alefkántra or “Little Venice” is an 18th century district, dominated by grand captains’ mansions with colourful balconies and stylish windows overlooking the waves as they crash onto the shore. . The second traditional settlement of Mykonos is Áno Merá, situated around the historic monastery of Panayia Tourliani (a 16th century church with a brilliant carvedContinue reading “Mykonos – 3”

Delos – 4

The fourth of five pieces about the Greek Island of Delos, at the centre of The Cyclades. The path continues past the Temple of Leto and the enormous Agora of the Italians before coming to the most famous part of the site, the Naxian Lions. Sadly, none of the lions on their plinths are originalsContinue reading “Delos – 4”

Delos – 3

The third of five pieces about the Greek Island of Delos, at the centre of The Cyclades. Today, few people live permanently on Delos. There are no hotels on the island and no boats or yachts are supposed to moor there overnight. Ferry boats can come to Delos from Tinos, Naxos, and Mykonos, so itContinue reading “Delos – 3”

Mykonos – 2

There’s an interesting church called the Paraportiani, which means “Our Lady of the Side Gate” in Greek, as its doorway was found in the side gate of the entrance to the Kastro area. Construction of this church began in 1425, but wasn’t completed until the 17th century. This whitewashed church comprises five separate chapels whichContinue reading “Mykonos – 2”

Mykonos – 1

It may seem strange to include Mykonos in a book about history, but there’s plenty of things of historical interest to see on this lovely island. In Mykonos town, there’s a Folklore Museum, an Archaeological Museum, and a Maritime Museum. There are the famous windmills and the area known as Little Venice where the housesContinue reading “Mykonos – 1”

Delos – 2

The second of five pieces about the Greek Island of Delos, at the centre of The Cyclades. On a more human level, the earliest inhabitants of Delos in the middle of the third millennium BCE built their homes on top of the hill called Kynthos, so they would have an early warning of any approachingContinue reading “Delos – 2”

Delos – 1

The first of a series about the Greek island of Delos. Delos is the reason the Cyclades have their name. The other islands in the Cyclades form a circle around Delos. Delos is a sacred island and the reason for that is Zeus. Leto was a Titan goddess in Greek mythology, daughter of Coeus andContinue reading “Delos – 1”