Taking the Hydrofoil from Santorini to the island of Mykonos

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August 26th 2007
Published: September 3rd 2007
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Due to our unplanned early night last night, we got a good night’s rest and woke up early to pack and get ready to head to Mykonos. Before our taxi arrived, I walked up to Café Skiza and bought a couple pastries to go for our breakfast. After that, I met Rose at the Chelidonia reception desk and checked out. Luckily, he called someone to come down and carry both of our heavy bags up the 60+ stairs to the cab pickup location. We were in the cab heading to the Athinos port by 10:30am. Although our hydrofoil to Mykonos was scheduled to leave at 11:20am, it didn’t arrive until 10 minutes after that. We leisurely enjoyed a drink at one of the many portside cafes, while we waited for the ferry to unload its passengers. By the time everyone boarded, it was noon and we were finally on our way. Unfortunately, we had assigned seats on the first deck, and they didn’t allow anyone to walk up to the top deck to take photos. The ferry ride ended up being much longer than we anticipated because it stopped at Naxos, Paros, and Thinos before finally arriving at our destination, Mykonos.
Yiannis, the owner of Omiros Hotel (where we will be staying) was there to greet us when we disembarked. The drive to Omiros only took 5 minutes from the port, so it is central to the heart of Mykonos (where all the bars, clubs, and restaurants are located). Our room overlooked the port and provided a beautiful waterfront view. I noticed a couple of distinct differences between Santorini and Mykonos right as I stepped off the ferry. The architecture was much more cube like and the wind was much more intense. The pulse of Mykonos, or at least near the area where we are staying, is its nightlife. In Oia, where we stayed in Santorini, the atmosphere was more mellow and relaxing. We’re looking forward to getting a taste of what Mykonos is so well known for.
The walk into the heart of town took only 10 minutes from Omiros. We strolled around the town, obtained some guidebooks and maps, and tried to get our bearings. We soon found out how difficult that would be because virtually none of the streets had street signs or if they did, they were in Greek. During our stroll, we came across The White Bar and decided to have a couple of cocktails before dinner. It was there where we learned what the hot spots were. For dinner, we tried the Greek taverna that one of the White Bar bartenders recommended. Thao tried the Greek eggplant and meat casserole dish called moussaka, and I had shellfish of course. It was decent, not great though.
By the time dinner ended, we were ready to head to the highly recommended Scandinavian Bar. There weren’t that many people when we got there, but by the time we left, it was packed. The downstairs bar played much better music and it was less crowded than the upstairs dance floor and bar. The final place we went to - Guzel 9 Muses (not sure what the heck that means!) - was packed as well and played good music. The crowds at both places were a mix of local Greeks, European and Western tourists. We definitely experienced what we had previously been told, that Mykonos is definitely the party island in Greece.

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