Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (2011 census), most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, following the common practice in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town). Mykonos’ nickname is The island of the winds. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mykonos is well known for blue skies and white houses with blue trims. The churches usually have a blue dome roof although a couple are a dull red wine colour. So the hardware shop has an ample supply of house paint, as long as it is white. Mykonos made its mark on the world when Jackie Onassis/Kennedy made the island her vacation favourite destination.
Being a small island, the transfer to our excursion is not too far away from the port – just 15 minutes, we are told, but when the traffic is ‘heavy’, the journey can be extended. The beach was littered with ‘sets’. A set is an umbrella with two beach lounges. Our guide told us to follow him, past the restaurants that gave a free set for their expensive drinks. His favoured spot was 15 Euro per set plus drinks at a reasonable price. Lyn and I went on a little further and found a new brand new restaurant/bar with sets between their property and the water’s edge for much less – free for the set and just 10 euros for the drinks. That other ‘cheaper’ version must have been at his cousin brother’s property.
We spent 4 hours of relaxation by the Mediterranean. It is a pity that the sun wasn’t at its best to highlight the white buildings and the blue contrast. At 5:00pm, our bus collected us and transferred us to the main town to roam around the narrow streets. The exquisite shops had excellently displayed windows and goods. Lyn was afraid that we would get lost before finding the water taxi departure point for our return to the Royal Princess. I had my bearings and after seeing many narrow laneways, we found the ticketing centre. With 35 minutes before the next departure, we started to ‘wander’ again. Without really knowing our way around, we found what is known as ‘Little Venice’ and the other icon the island is famous for, the windmills. White against grey skies is not the best for photos and so the photos we took don’t do justice to the scene.
We had a late evening meal in the Horizon Bistro before making our way to the Piazza centre ship. The last night of the cruise, for many, was on the way. We are really on 3 back-to-back cruises of a week each – Rome and Athens being the ‘split’ points. A couple of nights prior, we had become friends of a couple who are on a church sponsored tour from California to where the apostle Paul made his mark in Turkey and Greece, followed by a week in the Jerusalem/Tel Aviv region. We enjoyed the countdown to the ‘dropping’ of the balloons together where all noise, both musical and not so musical, was allowed.
Much of Mykonos reminded us of Santorini mainly because of the white buildings with blue trim. We will be in Santorini in a couple of days for our second visit.
Years ago, friends of ours hired a 4 wheel motorcycle in Mykonos for the day and had mechanical troubles. I just want to let you know David and Elaine, that it appears all the four wheeler motor bikes we saw were very recent ‘editions’ to the hire company – the bike you had is at the entrance to the ‘dead-vehicle’ yard – on a podium.
Tomorrow, we will be in Athens where Lyn and I have planned an excursion to Antioch to see the man made canal.
“Even the shortest journey expands the world.”