Off to Mykonos and we are both very excited, we found the ferry no problem and it was very well organised, you took your luggage to the guy loading it and he stuffed it onto a pallet, Pam’s went into a special box as she told him it was fragile. Following the stream of other passengers we headed to the upper deck and found a table by the window to base ourselves from, being a 6 hour trip we wanted a good seat. The vibe on the boat was just great with everyone off to one or other of the islands, our trip takes in Syros first, then Tinos and finally Mykonos. It was mayhem at the stops as the ferry which I must mention is huge, 4 passenger levels, at least two car and freight levels and maybe 500 odd feet long, a big boat. The trip was like a mini cruise until the boat arrived at a port when mayhem broke loose, the boat just backed up to the wharf, dropped the back door and trucks, busses, cars and people got off, in a hurry. Then the reverse, cars, trucks, buses and people got on, time frame maybe 10
minutes, a very smooth operation. I met Mike the Canadian at the stern of the boat and we got to talking and he was a nice enough guy but full of it, we got on fine and after a while I went back to our table. Half an hour later there was Mike giving me Nordic Berry Vodka, it was about 9.30am in the morning, so what the hell, this is a holiday so why not. Very nice and after that a snooze seemed to be the order of the day, fast asleep the next thing I heard was Mike saying more vodka, more vodka, by this time he seemed half cut so being a polite kiwi I accepted. It was turning out to be a great trip. We finally arrived at Mykonos and again mayhem, about 300 people got off and there were busses and people everywhere, everyone from people trying to sell you a ride into town to selling hotel rooms. Rather more sedately our hotel had transport for us and we were taken to the most fantastic hotel you could imagine. Typical Greek architecture with whitewashed stone walls and pale blue shutters, a stunning pool and garden
complex, private beach and the best hotel staff we have come across in our travels. This hotel, Mykonos bay Hotel we rate as 4 star plus and just the best.
Being now about 2.30pm we decided lunch by the pool was the order of the day, the sun was hot and the day clear but a stiff wind was blowing right into the bay so was a little less than perfect. With the sun now waning we decided to head into town for dinner and sunset photos, stunning is the best way to describe the evening. Found a little restaurant in Little Venice called the Sunset Cocktail Bar where the food was cheap, the service great and the coffee and ouzo even better. Run by an Albanian guy who worked the summers on Mykonos and winters as a chef in London. Now being about 10.30pm it was time for a walk back to the hotel, about 15 minutes. We have to tell you if you think the roads in Istanbul are crazy you should try Mykonos, gull of tourists in rental cars, scooters and quad bikes on roads that in the most part are single lane but
more of that tomorrow when we plan to hire a bike and explore the island.
Tot: 3.493s; Tpl: 0.047s; cc: 19; qc: 78; dbt: 0.0523s; 3; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.5mb