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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 14th 2014

My stomach has been off, and Deke wanted to relax so we stayed mostly around the hotel today. Our balcony has my beloved palms nearby, and it is quite warm. George treated us very well at breakfast as usual. I am going to have a massage and thalassotherapy (sea water therapy) today. I had thalassotherapy a few years ago in France. I enjoyed swimming and exercising in sea water. As far as I can tell, thalassotherapy is a European luxury; I have never heard of a thalassotherapy spa center in the United States. I have seen a few pregnant women here at The Myconian Ambassador Hotel, and also a woman with a newborn in her arms. Gentlemen, if bringing these women here was in any way your idea—good move. These women should be letting someone take ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 13th 2014

Thus far our stay at the Myconian Ambassador Hotel has been very pleasant. Virginia, who I believe is the concierge, is a demure and lovely person. She has dark eyes which are very mysterious, like she holds a lot of feeling and information which others may never recognize. Because all of the seven members of my family, my husband, and my sister-in-law all have blue eyes, it is familial to me. It is the brown-eyed people who hold the clandestine for me. Her eyes are like my Greek friend, Eleni’s—they reflect a depth, which is hard to comprehend. She has been wonderful to Deke and me. I told her that Deke wasn’t easy to please, but that she was doing a great job taking care of him. I told her that I was easier than Deke, ... read more
Holy Diocese of Syros Church
Boy and Cat on Paraga Beach
Deocon at Holy Diocese of Syros

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 12th 2014

Yesterday I called my mother and father. My father, whom Deke nicknamed, “The Count,” told me to “be careful” regarding my first blog. Translation: Don’t do or say anything stupid. That ship sailed long ago, but The Count still has hope for the future. Dad, just so you know, Deke is my editor, and errs and the cautious side of things. Deke put the kibosh on a couple of things already as he believes that discretion is his watchword. Last night Deke and I ate at Yialo-Yialo, a restaurant on Platis Yialos beach near The Mykonian Ambassador Hotel. It is the end of the season and the restaurant was very quiet. Our waiter, Vangelis, was friendly and provided excellent service. I asked about Platis Yialos, and he said as compared to the other beaches nearby it ... read more
Lobby of Mykonian Ambassador Hotel
Flowring Plant at Mykonian Ambassador Hotel
Mykonian Ambassador Hotel Pool

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 11th 2014

Our driver Nicholas told us that October is a good time to come to Mykonos. It is still warm, and the large crowds of summer are gone making it is easy to get reservations at the good restaurants. We are staying at The Mykonian Ambassador Hotel. Its architecture reflects the region, a white boxy style with colorful shutters and doors. The interior is also mostly white, and provides a sort of pure, monastic feeling. The Mykonian Ambassador Hotel is also a thalassotherapy spa (sea water therapy spa). Upon our arrival the staff greeted us warmly with drinks and showed us to our room. It was small by American standards, but cozy with a large balcony and private Jacuzzi. The views from the balcony of the Aegean are beautiful. There were palm trees near our balcony, and ... read more
Balcony View 2
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Balcony View 4

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 11th 2014

On October 8, 2014, my husband and I leave for Greece to celebrate our three-year anniversary. We will spend one week on the island of Mykonos, one week on the island of Santorini, and one week in Athens. I am “armed” only with a new camera for my birthday, and a love of writing. I undertake this endeavor dubiously, but with enthusiasm. I hope to share with you not only photographs, but my impressions. A wonderful Greek in America has graced my life. Eleni Kourti, actress and writer, was the first friend I made in New York. My boyfriend at the time was a NYU professor, who insisted that Eleni and I should meet. Feeling a bit sassy and independent, I resisted, wanting to choose my own friends. Upon my boyfriend’s insistence, I called Eleni. I ... read more

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

We have been playing in the Greek islands for the last few days. After our fantastic last meal at Lithos restaurant we departed Athens early the next morning on a fast ferry to Mykonos, the weather was perfect, beautiful blue skies and equally as blue waters. We were looking forward to meeting up with Aimee and Whitney from work, they had just finished a 49 day bus tour of Europe, you can imagine they were a little tired, but they still managed to entertain with us with stories of their adventures! We were also meeting up with Lisa from work and her friend Jo. Lisa loves the Greek Islands and didn't want to miss out on any of the fun, so she took holidays and came too (as you do). We meet up with the girls ... read more
Mykonos
Clear blue waters at Paros
Swimming at Antiparos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 11th 2014

Mykonos is beautiful! Lots of shops and scenery. This is the easiest stop on our cruise. Lots to see, but very leisurely. Nalynn is having a banana daiquiri at 11:00 am. Great Greek breakfast! Take care, Arlyn and Nalynn ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 13th 2014

Ce matin, nous nous rendons sur une petite ile tout à coté, Delos, plus grand site archéologique de Grèce. L’ile est classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, est donc impossible de l’amarrer à proximité. Nous embarquons donc tous sur Naias pour s’y rendre. Daniel et Mario nous laissent au quai d’accueil vont jeter l’ancre plus loin et viennent nous rejoindre en Zodiac. Pour bien apprécier les lieux, nous engageons un guide. Cette ile sacrée, puis qu’elle est le lieu de naissance d’Apollon et d’Artémis, a été longtemps le centre du commerce de Grèce. Puis elle a été abandonnée pendant plus de 1500 ans. Cet abandon a évité que, comme dans plusieurs autres sites archéologiques, les bâtiments de plusieurs époques «s’empilent» les un sur les autres. On retrouve donc à Délos un site presque intact à ce ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 13th 2014

Déjà 2 semaines que nous naviguons dans les îles grecques ! À part l’épisode de vent à Milos, les vents nous ont été favorables et le Melterm ne nous a pas fait trop de difficulté. Les prévisions météo semblent encore bonnes pour le restant du voyage. Ce matin, nous mettons le cap sur Myconos. La marina est à l’écart du centre-ville. Il nous faut donc prendre l’autobus pour nous y rendre ce qui est un peu ennuyant. Nous allons marcher en ville. La ville est belle mais il y a énormmément de gens. La rue principale qui suit le bord de l’eau est composée exclusivement de magasin de souvenirs et de restaurants. Myconos est reconnue comme étant une ville festive et ça se sent. Pour nous qui suivont plutôt le rythme du soleil, ce n’est pas ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos June 22nd 2014

This is by far the most fun I have had writing a blog. The reason is…. I am sitting in a comfortable chair on the deck while our ship is moving through the beautiful Aegean Sea. It is dark, quiet and peaceful. I can hear the water and see stars and distant lights on the shore. We left Turkey yesterday evening and spent the day on Mykonos Island, which is part of Greece. Our excursion today was to the island of Delos. It was regarded as sacred by the Greeks because it was the birthplace of Apollo and Diana, the god of the sun and the goddess of the moon. They were born in a lake on the very small island. At the time of the destruction of Delos, there were 50,000 inhabitants, a HUGE number ... read more
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