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    • Day 46

      Insel Delos

      May 31, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Heute sind wir mit der Fähre von Mykonos nach Delos gefahren. Delos war früher das Zentrum von Griechenland. Dort hat es viele Ruinen von Häusern und Stadien. Wir sind auch noch ca. 15min. auf einen Hügel gelaufen. Dort haben wir Pfirsiche und Chips gegessen. Nachher haben wir noch Bilder aus Mosaik angeschaut. Dann sind wir zurück zum Schiff gelaufen weil die nächste Fähre schon bald fuhr. Am Ende sind wir mit der Fähre wieder zurück gefahren.Read more

    • Rule #11 (Mykonos & Delos)

      June 14, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      * there is no rule against repeating a rule, in this case, rule #10 ~
      13 day vacation with 10 days at sea…also makes it easier to forget what day it is

      Visited Delos today - not really my thing (hope I’m not sounding ungrateful)… Archeological site…
      ALSO - a tour guide definitely makes or breaks the excursion…

      ALSO ALSO - don’t pet the kitties - someone was bit by one of them and was taken to the local hospital 😬

      ALSO ALSO ALSO - The excursion was 5 hours and during the last 1.5 hours I was able to explore the town (AKA shop) and that was the best part of the day 😂
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    • Day 45

      Schnorcheln in Lia Beach

      May 30, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Heute waren wir in Lia Beach Schnorcheln 🤿. Zuerst sind wir mit einem Taxi 🚕 nach Lia- Beach gefahren. Das mit den Taxis hier ist ein bisschen speziell, denn hier bezahlt man, wie viele Personen mit dem Taxi fahren und nicht einfach das Auto. Als wir angekommen sind, haben wir zuerst unsere Badesachen angezogen. Danach hat jeder von uns einen Neopren Anzug, eine Taucherbrille, einen Schnorchel und Schwimmflossen bekommen. Dann sind wir mit einem Boot raus zu einem Riff gefahren. Es sind aber auch ein paar Leute mit uns mit dem Boot 🚤 rausgekommen, die aber mit einer Sauerstoffflasche getaucht sind. Wir sind dann rausgeschwommen und haben uns das Riff angeschaut. Es hatte zwar keine Korallen aber es war trotzdem schön. Wir haben auch ein paar Fische gesehen, einer war besonders farbig. Es war trotz des Neopren Anzuges sehr kalt 🥶, deshalb sind wir nicht sehr lange im Wasser 💦 geblieben. Danach sind wir wieder zurück gegangen und haben die Taucher-Ausrüstung zurück gegeben. Weil wir noch ein bisschen am Strand bleiben wollten, haben wir zwei Liegestühle gemietet. Sie waren sehr teuer (15 € pro Stuhl und Tag), aber es hatte sonst am Strand nirgends Schatten, darum haben wir es dann bezahlt. Danach sind wir ungefähr eine Stunde zu einem Restaurant gelaufen bei dem wir dann Znacht gegessen haben. Weil es zum laufen zu weit gewesen wäre, sind wir mit dem Taxi 🚕 zurückgefahren. Und sind dann schlafen 😴 gegangen.Read more

    • Rule #8 (Santorini)

      June 12, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      Never Say Never - I never thought in my wildest dreams, that I would see the whitewashed houses with contrasting blue rooftops that line the hillsides in Greece (let alone did I ever think I would take a trip half way around the world by myself)Read more

    • Day 41

      Santorini to Mykonos

      July 25, 2023 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Our ferry today is the reverse of how we got here except we go back to Mykonos not Athens.

      As always Erin has booked a cafe right by the departure area to protect us from the heatwave. We were told today that Greece has experienced its hottest summer heatwave on record, and we are in the midst of it.

      It will be about three hours on the ferry, but it is very comfortable, air conditioning and a good place to read a book.

      Mykonos is another popular island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Known for its summer party atmosphere and beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise that have bars that blare thumping music.

      At first glance Mykonos looks barren with no vegetation only towns. There are five cruise ships in the port, so we head to our hotel and don’t plan to go near town until all the cruise people go back and leave at dusk.

      Our hotel is on the fringe of the CBD which is completely free of cars. Only scooters and pedestrians are allowed downtown.

      Our boutique hotel was once a bishop's residence and has been in the family for four generations. We loved it. Rooms are small but the environment is so friendly and welcoming. The pool was a welcome relief from the heat for a while.

      At 6pm we all met and walked into the town. What a culture shock. The shopping and restaurants are everywhere but if you look a bit deeper you see Mykonos has a proud history.

      Erin explains the streets are all designed in a paving design that once coped with open sewerage. They also painted them with limestone to disinfect. The corners of the houses and balconies are rounded because it is so windy here, it limits the noise of the wind. The houses have a concrete bench out the front which most think is for cushions and for sitting on, but they were originally for getting on and off your donkey.
      We walked to the Iconic 16th-century windmills, which sit on a hill above Mykonos town. They crushed grain using the high winds. Across from them is Little Venice where the houses are built up to the water. We walked along the front of restaurants where you can get wet at times.

      The port is stunning, we only got a glimpse of the sunset because the cruise ships block the view.

      Our restaurant was expensive, but the food was good and with the best view of the harbour. Walking back was an eye opener. The whole town is buzzing, and it is only 10 pm.
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    • Day 11

      Mykonos the mild

      October 2, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      A gentle day watching the marathon runners cross the line outside our apartment.. golf claps from the balcony aplenty. A bit of shopping, a bit of dining and a bit of reading, watched the footy, but bed by 1030 again. Have fun party people - loving the double glazed windows!Read more

    • Day 3

      Lunch @ Katerina’s

      October 23, 2023 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

      On a back street, we found Katerina’s … a gem of a restaurant inside one of the Little Venice houses. The establishment is named for Katerina Xidaki, a local woman who at age 18 became the first professional female captain of a motor vessel.

      There were no tables available on the tiny balcony, which was in the sun anyway. So we gave up the scenery to sit at the only table available in the A/C-cooled dining room.

      The menu offered a selection of Mediterranean dishes, with seafood featuring prominently. We opted for a bunch of mezes (appetizers). The portions turned out to be quite large … saganaki; feta cheese wrapped in phyllo, deep fried, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds; calamari; and tempura-style zucchini slices with tzatziki sauce. Mui ordered ouzo; I opted for an Alpha, the local beer on the menu. Everything was delicious and plentiful, making us happy that Mui had not opted to also order the mussels. Dessert — a mix of baklava and kadayıf — was compliments of the establishment … and a nice wrap to a very nice meal.

      We continued our meandering stroll through the streets, making our way back to the harbor. We came out not far from the water taxi drop-off point. Having purchased R/T tickets this morning, we made our way onto the next taxi to depart. It was right around 3:00p … just as planned.
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    • Day 61


      September 14, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Heute gabs einen kleinen Tagesausflug nach Mykonos. Ehrlich gesagt war ich ein bisschen enttäuscht oder habe mir einfach zu viel von dem Ort erhofft. Die kleinen Gassen im Städtchen waren zwar ganz schön, aber das war es dann auch schon. Vielleicht lag es auch an den unzähligen Kreuzfahrtschiffen und den Touris oder ich bin langsam einfach etwas zu verwöhnt von schönen Orten. 😎😅

      Morgen gibts nochmals einen Tag auf Naxos und ab Freitag gehts dann weiter nach Santorini. Mal schauen ob mir das dann besser gefällt.🤷‍♀️
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    • Day 8


      October 9, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      After a quick trip to the archaeological museum to see an amazing huge urn depicting the Trojan War, we hopped on a ferry for the half hour ride to the very tiny island of Delos. It is now uninhabited, but was settled about 5,000 years ago. It is the birthplace of Apollo, so that makes it pretty sacred. For centuries it was a prosperous commercial port. The whole place was destroyed by pirates in about 60BC and has been uninhabited since then. Excavations are ongoing. We spent hours walking around, climbing up and down, enjoying great views over the Aegean, and in a nice change from Mykonos, there were no crowds!

      Tomorrow we get an early plane to Athens, and head northwest in a rental car. Monasteries, Delphi, and some mountains are our desination.

      But now time for one more stroll around the harbor as night falls.
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    • Day 7

      Tourists in Mykonos

      October 8, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      So, today we had no plans, other than to spend the day walking around town and chilling out. This is NOT my normally preferred itinerary. But hey, it worked! We just had a lazy day, up to the iconic Mykonos windmills, down to the touristy trappy lanes, round and about. Saw a great sunset, enjoyed sitting on the water, and we were just generally in relax mode.

      I continue to be stunned by the numbers of people who get off a huge cruise ship, wait in line, and then come and walk around to shop and eat. They then have long lines at the old port to get a bus to the new port, to get a boat to the cruise ship. My good friend at the hotel reception (who turns on the AC when I go down to the fitness center) tells me that it is just a fact of life on Mykonos, and that the island very much depends on this tourist onslaught.

      Finally had a really great moussaka, and a bite of Joe’s amazing baklava. And a perfect ending on our hotel balcony with a view of both th old and new ports. Tomorrow Delos!
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    Dimos Mykonos, Mykonos, Μύκονος

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