1. The Acropolis’ construction is one of the biggest mysteries in the world. It's construction took ten years to complete without tools or machinery. Perfection is what makes this ancient temple a sight for sore eyes!
2. In the year 2000’, Greece needed to adapt the city of Athens for the 2004 Olympics games. The underground metro was the biggest project in preparation for the event! While digging, construction workers found an entire ancient city buried. They found various artifacts, such as: pottery, bed frames, houses, paintings and much more. Today you can find all these findings displayed at various metro stations throughout the city.
3. Did you know Adolf Hitler (in his crazy mind) didn’t attack Athens during World War II because he knew that The Acropolis wouldn’t survive the bombing?
4. In Mykonos, there’s a law that states that every house in the island must be painted white. If not, a government official goes to the owner’s house doorstep and close its entrance until the outside walls of the house is painted fully in white.
5. The ancient greek monuments of great importance you see today displayed in archeological sites are not the real monuments. Archaeologists moved the originals monuments to museums and replaced them with identical copies to preserve them.
6. Growing any kind of vegetation in Mykonos is nearly impossible. The women I met told me she loved gardening. Her dream was to grow grass in her backyard, and spent nearly 10 years to grow just the right amount to look “OK”. I laughed.
7. Tap water in the Greek Islands is not filtered. By all means, do not drink tap water! I recommend brushing your teeth with bottled water to avoid getting sick. Also, if you’re a girl, avoid washing your hair too often. The water makes your hair frizz and feel spongy for days!
8. Wondering what happened to all the nearly destroyed ancient greek temples? Truth is they are nearly destroyed because when Christianity came into the picture, the temples weren’t of any use. Many choose to remove several pieces and columns from the temples to build new Christian churches. Vandalization wasn’t their intention, but to recycle construction material.
9. There are more than 200 private churches in Mykonos. Most of the churches you see around the island are privately owned. The churches with blue ceiling painting means it's privately own and the ones painted with red ceilings are owned by the Greek government. Interesting, right?
10. Each month, business owners in Old Mykonos Town must paint the street's floor corners with white painting at 7 AM. This is mandatory by the government in order to maintain the floor clean and well presented for the tourists.
11. There’s only ONE pelican in Mykonos names Petros! Only one. This little guy migrated years ago and now he has become a part of Mykonos’ charm.
12. Rainy days in Santorini are very rare. There’s approx. 300 days of bright sunny days and blue clear skies in a row.
About The Author
Mariella Molestina Noboa
The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.
My name is Mariella and I created this blog as a source of inspiration for others to believe they can live the life they always pictured. The secret? Believe you can and take action. The world awaits!