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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 is our last day in Greece, and we decide that we will 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 that we will eat in Mykonos town before we go. We walk along the waterfront. There are five cruise ships in, and it is very crowded. There is a very small beach right next to the main path along the waterfront in the middle of the town. The path is packed with people and so is the beach. Issy says 'now there's a sight'. She points to a very overweight sixty something woman sunbathing topless on the beach right next to the path. To make herself even more obvious she is facing away from the water, towards the ... 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 the number one attraction in Mykonos. This seems a bit strange. I would have thought that most people would probably come to Mykonos to go to the beaches or to Delos rather than some obscure art gallery. I wonder how Trip Advisor comes up with its ratings. We decide that the Rarity Gallery is probably worth a quick peek given that it's free and not too far from the hotel. The gallery is very small. It only has about thirty exhibits, and they are housed in three rooms on one level. All the exhibits are by contemporary artists. As we go into the first room we both notice a very serious ... 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 get our tickets for our trip to Delos. We are given yellow stickers to put on our shirts, so that the people on Delos will know that we have paid for a tour. The yellow identifies which tour group we are in. Issy loses her sticker before the boat has left the port. I am now regretting sending the nasty email to the tour company. I wonder if they will throw Issy overboard. I put my arm around her to cover the spot where the sticker should be. I hope that I don't get arrested for indecency. Although it's still very windy the boat is big enough and goes slowly enough so that we don't get tossed around too much. We meet our guide who introduces herself as Effie. Lots ... read more
Delos
Delos
Delos

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

This morning we have booked a tour to the island of Delos. We have read that this is a very significant archaeological site, and is about a twenty minute boat ride from Mykonos. A minivan arrives to pick us up from the hotel. The driver tells us that the regular driver has a problem with his minivan 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 meet us. I tell Issy to wait while I ... read more
Agios Stefanos Beach, Mykonos
Armenistis Lighthouse, Mykonos
View towards Mykonos town

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 27th 2016

I think Mykonos might be Greek for windy. It is still blowing a hurricane. We want to go to the beach, and decide it might be better if we can find one that we can lie on without getting sandblasted. Elia Beach is on the south side of the island and the wind is from the north so we hope that it might be a bit more sheltered there. We stand at the bus stop in front of the hotel and get front row seats to a loud argument between an Asian couple and their twenty something son. The son is inside the bus and the couple are outside. The mother and the son are both waving their arms vigorously and yelling at each other. It looks like the son is trying to convince his parents ... read more
Mykonos waterfront
Elia Beach, Mykonos
Elia Beach, Mykonos




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