Having never been to the Mediterranean, Mykonos came closest to what I had imagined the area might look like — Picturesque cottages and buildings and crystal clear (almost Caribbean – like) water and an eclectic mix of pleasure, working, and commercial boats.
The stop in Mykonos marked the half-way point in our cruise. By this time we had spent 4 fantastic (but exhausting) days traipsing around Venice, a brief “at sea” respite on the ship, and then 2 1/2 incredible (but exhausting) days touring Athens, Istanbul, and Ephesus. We enjoyed a leisurely morning aboard our ship (I was up and on deck early, as usual, looking for photo-ops) and then sailed into Mykonos about noon. We had no plans for the day, other than a leisurely stroll around this beautiful vacation spot.
What a beautiful place. We learned, during our visit, that there are 100’s of small Greek Islands and that many of them are sought-after vacation spots for Greek citizens (as well, I am sure, as others from the surrounding nations). On Mykonos, the “signature” architecture appears to be white painted stucco buildings with colorful blue and crimson trim. It may be that Mykonos is one of few that have a deep water port enough for Cruise ships (though we did “tender” in to the port.
One local “landmark” on Mykonos is a series of windmills. Each is a residence. I tried to make an image that was not the typical shot of the windmills.
There were also many tourist shops, as might be expected in a beach resort. We walked in the warm, Mediterranean sun, and then later, sat in the cooling shade at one of the many restaurants offering “free wifi” and checked our e-mail, as we sampled the local wine. It was a pleasant, slow afternoon, and we looked forward to our dinner back on the ship and not being rushed to try to get ready. We also looked forward to a day “at sea” the following day to relax and get ready for the second half of the trip which promised to be the best of the stops, including Naples (and the Amalfi Coast for us); Rome, and Florence and a day in Tuscany. We enjoyed Venice so much, and I knew I was in store for a treat in the rest of Italy!
Things, as regular readers know, did not go according to the master plan. We “rolled” with it and were still able to have a delightful vacation with promise for a future visit back to the Mediterranean which we will continue to look forward to.
We will be on yet another Caribbean Cruise over the next week and will not be blogging for the next couple weekends. On return, the Amalfi Coast (we were fortunate to still see it), and a small taste of Rome (sadly, the end of the journey – this time).