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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 19th 2013

Port of Piraeus near Athens After a long flight from Seattle with stops in Philadelphia and Zurich I arrived in Athens, tired but ready to start experiencing a new part of the world. Athens airport is about 90 minutes by express bus from the port of Piraeus. I use the term express” loosely because it really isn’t far in actual distance but the traffic is terrible. Along the way I was amazed to see mile after mile of empty store fronts and small abandoned strip malls. Many of them appear to have been built within the last 10 or 15 years and have large plate glass showroom windows with nothing to show. I have read news stories about the economic troubles here in Greece, but unless one sees it in person it is hard to comprehend. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 29th 2013

It's a four hour ride to Mykonos...we had to be in the port at 8 o'clock ...so we left at seven as they said it could be heavy traffic. Everything was going smoothly until we came close to the port...cars everywhere everyone trying to overtake each other....it was like peak hour....Once we got into the port..there was no parking or drop off areas..everyone just stop wherever and you need to get off quickly ...the taxi driver and I were at the back of the taxi when...we heard screaming....apparently Carmen opened the door and a old man on a bike tried to push through so she squashed his hand...ouchhh ...no wonder he went off at her...the taxi driver told him off for pushing in....Once the drama was over...we picked up our tickets and boarded our ferry...we had ... read more
Yes ...boarding to Mykonos
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 23rd 2013

Well after all the other exciting stuff we told you about in our last blog we are now settling into cruise life and a new port each day. For those interested we are on a small ship, (450 passengers, consisting 12 Kiwis and even a Princess – not Kiwi -) Seabourn Odyssey is a 6 star rated ship. Our cruise is for 14 days and commenced out of Venice heading to Istanbul Turkey. By the time you read this we will have visited the respective ports we have mentioned. We have been lucky enough to have been invited with a select group to a dinner hosted by the Captains management team. A great evening with a multi course menu and great wines. Simon being an engineer was keen to see the engine room so he asked ... read more
Beach @ Nauplion
Nauplion
Parthenon

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos » Ano Mera June 20th 2013

Greek Islands 16 to 23 June 2013 1. Mykonos 16 to 18 June 2013 We are in heaven! Perfect weather (hot, cool breezes), hill-top views, killer sunsets, beautiful food, fantastic restaurant, waterside dining for people watching, southern beaches for partying, ATV motorbikes for travelling around (Euro15 for 24 hrs), lovely Greek people, and magnificent accommodation. Do we need anything more – yes, to have the family and friends around would be perfect! We organized our ferry and accommodation after we arrived in Rafina. For anyone who doesn’t want a cruise, fly to Athens, organize the ferry to the islands you want to go to at the Rafina Port – much cheaper! Even if you don’t organize your accommodation on bookings.com before you go, there are many sales people touting for your business re accommodation. So easy. ... read more
Ferry to Mykonos (10)
Love the T-shirt (1)
Andros closest to Rafina (1)

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos May 24th 2013

Today we boarded our cruise ship. The cruise ship has a swimming pool, multiple restaurants, a gym, shops etc. Although it's sounds amazing it's an old boat so not that flash on the inside but still good for a first time. We headed to Mykonos Island which took about 6 hrs to get there, so we just chilled out on the cruise ship until then. I think I mentioned it in the last post but we only have 13 people in our contiki group. It's a bit too small for me personally but hopefully it will get better. Mykonos is amazing, it kind of looks a bit like Santorini with white houses and blue trims except it is also famous for it's windmills! Our room is tiny but the beds are pretty comfortable. Anyway I won't ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos May 14th 2013

Tuesday May 14, 2013. Mykonos, Greece The island of Mykonos lies between Tinos, Paros, Naxos and Syros in the Souther Ageean Sea and they all form part of the Cyclades Island Group. It is recently become a very popular tourist destination and the island is served by low cost airlines including Easy Jet from the UK. The island boasts many beautiful beaches with white sand and clear blue waters. Mykonos is a fairly small island - just 33 square kilometres, with only 10,000 year round residents. Settlement on this island dates back to the early part of the 11th century. In the early 20th century the island relied upon fishing as its primary industry but now it is tourism. we had another posh breakfast and then caught the $5 shuttle from the New Port (where the ... read more
2. Little Venice, Myconos
3. M with the Mykonos Windmills from Little Venice
4. The Myconos Windmills

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 16th 2012

Hello again! We arrived in Mykonos in the morning and sailed across in a tender to get to the Port of Mykonos - too many other ships around and not enough berths. After looking up some of the shops - some well known designer shops in some streets and all types of sales on.. could be dangerous so we stopped for an early lunch at a little place in town - we had a traditional Greek Yiros - oh yum...!!! and while we were sitting there another Australian couple came and sat next to us with a yiros too, they'd seen ours and decided they wanted one too. Interesting couple who had been travelling around Europe by train for the past 7 weeks - they regaled us with their stories of train travelling and places they ... read more
Lunch in Alleyway at Mykonos
Paradise Beach
Sunset dinner at Little Venice, Mykonos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 5th 2012

Well we arrived at the port, the boat is more than we had expected amasing. Two full days at sea lounging around the pool - everyone is friendly and anything goes dress code wise lol. So much live entertainment to see and do. Viewed one side of the boat this morning other side tomorrow - huge. Have just arrived at Mykonos beautiful white buildings everywhere it's like a small village. The harbour is full of cruise liners. Our room is great, the sliding door greats us to the wide open Mediterranean. Wi-fi is 24€ on the boat for 35 minutes very expensive. So we are sitting at a wee cafe on shore - free wi-fi, free toilet with cold gin in hand. the sun here is so different here, it's hot but you don't get burnt. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 31st 2012

Arrived in Mykonos by ferry and we were met by our wonderful host Marietta. She took us to our accommodation, then on a tour of the town. The next day, we explored the tiny streets, visited the windmills and then Little Venice, where we found a wonderful bar to take in the sunset. On Sunday, we took the ferry to Delos, a world heritage site, to visit the ruins and climbed the hill to the temple precinct with its wonderful views. On Monday, we spent the day at Paradise beach. After dinner, we returned to our favourite bar, where we watched a singer performing show tunes. Tuesday was a chill out day. In the evening, we met up with a friend and had dinner. We also met one of Mykonos’ famous residents, a pelican. We really ... read more
Sunset on Mykonos
Typical Myconian street
The harbour

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 10th 2012

Athens and Mykonos I arrived in Athens after an uneventful flight, managed to navigate the metro and met a very metro Italian man called Francesco who tried to convince me to go out with him. I found the hostel without any dramas and then searched the Athens directory for a camera store so I coyld buy a battery charger for my camera. Luckily there was one two streets away! Phillip found me a temporary solution and I was happy to depart with the assurance I wouldn't be without my slr for the Greek Islands. He was also an avid traveller and we chatted for nearly an hour about our various adventures. I spent the afternoon walking around town and found a super cute church and although Athens is covered in graffiti and rubbish, I enjoyed my ... read more




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