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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

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 26th 2016

We are up early and drive to the airport. We fill our hire car with petrol. It costs about twice as much per litre as it does back home. I think that we should have done more walking. It seems that we are sharing our flight to Athens with the Greek Symphony Orchestra. They are seated all around us. They have all brought their instruments onto the plane with them as hand luggage, so the overhead lockers are packed with violins, flutes and trumpets. The three double bass players get on last with their instruments in tow. The instruments are taller than their players. I wait for the players to try to put them in the overhead lockers, but it seems that each of the double basses has bought its own seat. They take up an ... read more
View from our balcony, Rhodes
Windmills, Mykonos
Windmills, Mykonos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos May 20th 2016

Hello from the picturesque island of Mykonos. Today is Janet’s real birthday – not one of the pretend birthdays we have already celebrated. Happy birthday! Janet got lots of e-mail wishes from everyone to recognize her birthday. We also got delightful news and pictures from Valerie about the twin’s graduation from Kindergarten. CONGRATULATIONS to them! We got to sleep in this morning because arrival did not occur until noon. We went to the dining room and Janet got to have one more of her Eggs Benedict breakfasts (since she is missing her chance for a free Grand Slam at Denny’s today). Then she was off to a final session of the Knitters and Knatters Society. Meanwhile David found after breakfast that they were selling some of their souvenir T-shirts from this cruise, so he got each ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos April 13th 2016

We had an easy trip from Istanbul to Athens...the very nervous young man next us on the plane turned out not to be a terrorist, but a computer engineer traveling to England for eye surgery (he is going blind...) who works for Turkish Air and hopes to be hired by Google.... Once in Athens, we had a bit of a problem getting to the ship, since they had sent us no information and there was nothing on their website to help us find the ship! We met up with some Venezuelans on the bus from the airport and together we found the boat...The cabins are very quiet, and the food is excellent...We spent the first day docked in Athens, so we visited the Acropolis and walked bit around that area of the city. Today we are ... read more
Our Ship
Refugees on the dock across from us in Athens
Leaving Athens... from our cabin

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 9th 2015

I knew it, I knew it! I knew it existed somewhere: the ultimate decadent treat: baklava ice cream. So here we are now, in Mykonos. We said goodbye to Turkey, flew to Santorini and stayed there for 3 nights. The first day, we walked to Oia, the village at the northern tip of the island. This is where the sunsets are supposed to be the nicest. Santorini is famous for its sunsets, and for a good reason: it is absolutely like one can imagine: fully romantic, white houses built on the cliffs, with a view on the ocean, the old caldera of the volcano, cruiseships and sail boats in the distance, bougainvillea in full bloom and soft music. Unfortunately I got a bad cold from too much A/C in Turkey and didn't enjoy it as much ... read more
Little Venice in Mykonos
Mykonos old port
Baklava ice cream... It does exist!!!!

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 1st 2015

Sharon went to mass after we slept to almost 7:15 AM. I finished up one blog, and still had to write yesterday. I chose to try the Eggs Benedict, which must not be as popular as they are on cruises in Alaska or New England. My experience is that they often have a dedicated Eggs Benedict station with a dozen different types of Eggs Benedict offered. Here in Europe there was no special Eggs Benedict station, just the normal Egg Station. And the eggs weren’t ready, they were cooked to order rather than already there to take out of the hot water. My dish was very good, but there was a bit of a wait. We headed up to the Crow’s Nest to meet our trivia teammates; but, first we were to play our Sudoku Challenge. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos April 12th 2015

Sometimes you can’t do it all. I left Turkey with these thoughts as we waited for our flights out of Izmir. We had to be at the airport by 4:30am for our 6am flights to Mykonos, first flying into Athens then connecting an hour later. Touching down we got stuck in line for customs/passport control for an extended period of time. Because it was technically an international flight we had to pick up our bags in Athens and recheck them to Mykonos. By the time we were out of passport control, it was basically time to board. We ran with our bag to the bag drop off point and were struck with another huge line. After some flagging down of staff, Binnson was ushered to the front of the line and we took off running for ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 17th 2014

It is our last day at the Myconian Ambassador Hotel, and I am feeling wistful. I have grown attached to the staff here: sensitive Virginia; efficient Konstantinos; enthusiastic George, and; The Philosopher’s serious ways. I feel like when I leave the hotel, I will be leaving friends behind. Of course, the staff may be happy to see our backsides as we leave. I don’t think that Deke likes to admit it, but he has enjoyed conversations with George in the mornings at breakfast. I’m out on our balcony looking at the Aegean. It is likely that I will never experience this exact view again; it is bittersweet. One of the staff, Nicholas, drove us to the ferry and helped us with our luggage. He is a muscular man, and besides being a gentleman, it appears to ... read more
Leaving Mykonos - Mykonos Town Windmill
Leaving Mykonos Town 2
Leaving Mykonos - 10 16 14 - Flower Near Myconian Ambassador Hotel

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 16th 2014

Last night Deke and I went to the restaurant, “Nautilus” in Mykonos Town. The food was excellent, but the most interesting part was meeting the proprietor, Vasyli. Our cab driver told us on the way over that if we could find a happier man than Vasyli, we needed to call him. Vasyli greeted us warmly and with enthusiasm. He has quite long, flowing hair and appears to be in his early thirties. Many people who came to Nautilus hugged and kissed him. I know that I embarrassed Deke, but I just had to ask, “Vasyli, why are you so happy?” He said that he loves his job, and loves people. Deke stated that he was very lucky, and that people would be jealous if they knew how happy he was. The concept of jealousy seemed foreign ... read more
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Platis Yialos Beach - October 15, 2014 008
Me in Front of Notos Restaurant on Platis Yialos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 15th 2014

I got an early start because I needed to catch the ferry from Mykonos Town to Delos. Deke stayed behind at the hotel because his idea of sight-seeing is a private tour with a hired guide; I’m a bit hardier than Deke in this regard. I noticed that there were a lot of Americans on the ferry—commensurately more than I have noticed at The Myconian Ambassador Hotel. The ferry ride was pleasant, but crowded. After buying a ticket to enter the ruins, I saw the following sign regarding the rules: “It is strictly forbidden to: . . . .” We hardly ever speak so forcefully regarding rules in the United States. Maybe if we did, more people would obey them. Delos has very rocky terrain, and I couldn’t see much plant life, though I noticed some ... read more
Delos Ruins 15 - Copy
Delos Ruins 5 - Copy
Delos Urns

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