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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 14th 2019

My apologies to all my friends who think I have “un-friended” them due to non-receipt of my travel blog. Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for me) I have been too busy on holiday to actually sit down and write a witty blurb. That and the severe lack of affordable Wi-Fi on the cruise are to blame. Finally I can update you on our travels… So the normal check in fiasco happened in the security screening area of Sydney Airport. I checked the limit of fluids for check in baggage and thought common sense would prevail. But alas, no, the very stern man in a uniform wagged his finger at me and showed me my brand new $12 Sensodine toothpaste and said “over the limit!” Wait, what? By 10 mls. Can you believe it? 10 lousy mls. ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos June 22nd 2018

We were lucky enough to be invited to a family wedding in Mykonos in June with my daughter and two nieces getting the esteemed role of bridesmaid. 7 of us flew out with EasyJet at 7.30 on a Friday from Luton, which felt painful being up at two but in reality meant we were arrived and unpacked by 2 pm, ready to enjoy the rest of the day. My husband, 21 year old daughter and I stayed in a one bedroom apartment at Secret Spot Mykonos, about a minutes walk from where my brother and sister in law were staying at Mykonos Secret Spot! Owned by a sister and brother the traditional Greek dwellings were joined up by a communal garden and small pool (the kids said it felt like the Love Island garden!) It was ... read more
Mykonos town
Mykonos harbour
Beautiful Mykonos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 20th 2017

I have heard Mykonos is so beautiful, and it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world. Although one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, Mykonos is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with a wild nightlife, as well as plenty of local color. I had to see for myself. Also, according to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Legend has it that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”. Take all of this with a grain of salt. I travel to Mykonos on a ferry from Santorini. This is the first time I have ever taken a ferry, and there are no complaints. The ride was comfortable, and seemed ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 14th 2017

July 14 Friday We got a late departure so I was able to sleep in an extra hour. Went down for breakfast and met up with a few members for my travel group. Breakfast was OK but they did have Bougasta. After asking about how their dinner went, I am glad I did not go. Their short 8 to 10 minute walk turned into 45 minutes because their local tour took them the long way around. Scott, our tour guide, felt so bad that he offered cab rides for those who did not want to walk all the way back to the hotel. Getting from the hotel to the port only took 30 minutes and it was very easy. The whole process of checking in at the port and getting our cards for the ship took ... read more
Divani Palace Hotel (2)
Divani Palace Hotel (3)
Divani Palace Hotel (4)

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 8th 2016

Day 16 - Fri. Oct. 7 - Port of call: Mykonos, Greece. Weather: Sunny with temperatures of 79°F/26°C Got up early so I could get in an uninterrupted 3-mile walk, that is twelve times around the Lower Promenade. Last evening, I tried unsuccessfully to put in the distance but the crew had assembled several groups of individuals who had to have their mandatory boat drill and they were blocking the deck. It seems that some people were not on board when the original drill was done at 3:30 pm and the ship cannot sail until every passenger takes part in the drill. Being up early I was able to watch the sun rise above the island of Mykonos as we approached the harbour. Mykonos is an island that lies in the southern Aegean Sea between Tinos, ... read more
Our floating home
Narrow streets
Really narrow spaces

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 5th 2016

Today the parade of islands continues with Mykonos, a place I have to admit I knew nothing about before this trip. Mykonos is a relatively small Greek Island. It is very rugged and hilly with an extremely dry Mediterranean climate. Outside of the city, only small shrubs and grasses populate the hilly terrain in places where soil is able to cling to the rocks. A constant north wind provides a nice cooling complement to the daily sunny skies. Blessed with several gorgeous sandy beaches, Mykonos is becoming a major tourist destination and has already been discovered by Hollywood royalty. Our tour guide today is a lovely lady named Amaryllis, a native of Mykonos. Her British mother came to Mykonos and fell in love with both the place and with a local man and never left. It ... read more
Entrance to Monastery of Panagia Tourliani
Iconostasis, Monastery of Panagia Tourliani
Guardian cat keeping watchful eye over the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 31st 2016

It's our last day in Greece, and we decide that we'll spend it lying on Ornos Beach. We spent the equivalent of fifteen Australian dollars there yesterday buying two cans of soft drink, so we decide to eat in Mykonos Town before we go. We stroll along the main path along the waterfront in the middle of town, past a very small and crowded beach. Issy says "now there's a sight", and points to a very overweight sixty something woman sunbathing topless right next to the path. To make herself even more obvious she's facing away from the water towards the path, with her legs spread wide apart. My appetite's now been suppressed a bit, but we decide to eat anyway. Issy says that she wants to eat vegetarian and that she particularly doesn't want any ... read more
Ornos Beach, Mykonos
One of the beautiful people, Ornos Beach, Mykonos
Beautiful people, Ornos Beach, Mykonos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 30th 2016

First stop this morning is the Rarity Gallery, which is a modern art gallery in the middle of Mykonos Town. Trip Advisor rates this as Mykonos' number one attraction. This seems a bit strange. I would have thought that most people would probably come here to go to the beaches or to Delos rather than some obscure art gallery. I wonder how Trip Advisor does its ratings. We nevertheless decide that it's probably worth a quick peek given that it's free and not too far from the hotel. It's very small and only has about thirty exhibits, all by contemporary artists, housed in three rooms on one level. As we go into the first room we both notice a very serious looking security guard sitting in a corner of the second room. We don't particularly want ... read more
Mirrors, Mykonos Archaeological Museum
Mirrors, Mykonos Archaeological Museum
Ornos Beach, Mykonos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 29th 2016

We walk around the harbour and collect our tickets for our trip to Delos. We're given yellow stickers to put on our shirts, so that the tour guides on Delos will know which group we're in. Issy loses hers before the boat's left the port, and I'm now regretting sending the nasty email to the tour company. I hope they don't try to throw her overboard. I put my arm around her to cover the spot where the sticker should be, but I'm now in real danger of getting get arrested for indecency. Although it's still very windy the boat is big and slow enough so that we don't get tossed around too much. We meet our guide who introduces herself as Effie. We probably could have guessed that. The first thing she tells us is ... read more
Delos
Delos
Delos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 28th 2016

Today we've booked a tour to the island of Delos, which we've read is a significant archaeological site about a twenty minute boat ride from Mykonos. A minivan arrives to pick us up. The driver tells us that the regular driver has a problem with his van and he was called in by his boss at short notice to come and get us. He drives us about a hundred metres to a dock in front of the hotel and tells us that we need wait here for someone else to come and meet us to take us to the boat. The time the boat is supposed to leave comes and goes and no one has come to get us. I tell Issy to wait while I go back to the hotel to try to find out ... read more
Agios Stefanos Beach, Mykonos
Armenistis Lighthouse, Mykonos
View towards Mykonos town




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