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Mykonos

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  • Day507

    Ancient Delos

    September 4 in Greece

    Fortunately the wind had died by this morning so we motored around to Delos and anchored up so we could visit the ruins of Ancient Delos, they, the archaeologists and government, have partially restored the buildings and roads in some places so you get a really good feel for what life was like B.C. Delos was the site of both temples and towns so ordinary life as well as displays of grandeur. It is incredible what they could do 2000+ years ago with the big water reservoirs under each house and the water flows under the floor for fresh and not so fresh water. The views from the top of the hill, yes I made John climb it too, were beautiful you could see different islands in each direction and the turquoise water around the island itself were stunning we could see where we had been the night before, to the West, and Mýkonos Town to the North East.Read more

  • Day507

    Mykonos Town

    September 4 in Greece

    Hello so from Delos we headed to South Bay on Mykonos, the bay was as the pilot book had promised very busy with a lot of permanent moorings but we found room to sneak in, there was music from the shore but fortunately it wasn’t loud even in the night. We spent most of the afternoon watching a charter boat with Lithuanians on board wander around the bay first they were stern too on a mooring bouy, then bow to on another one, then drifting out of the bay with the four crew swimming rapidly after it, they caught it before it hit anything thankfully and then spent an hour try to tie up properly to a mooring we think they dragged the first one so went to another and tied up and immediately launched the dinghy and off they went! Apart from being the Mediterranean’s answer to Ibiza Mykonos is famous for the number of churches it has. It is rumoured that every family on the island has their own private church, they usually have red roofs, resulting in over 400 island wide.
    The next day we spent 25 mins waiting for the bus to Mykonos Town and just as we gave up the bus arrived. On the 20 min journey I counted 24 churches. The Town was as expected, busy with throngs of tourists following people with brollies in the air. It was also expensive E3 for a Nescafé frappe! We saw the famous windmills and lots of other idyllic shots of white washed homes with blue shutters and if you headed a little up hill in the town suddenly the tourists disappeared.
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  • Day506

    Nisos Rineia

    September 3 in Greece

    Well I am definitely fed up of the Meltemi, we knew it would be windier here in the Cyclades than it had been in the Ionian or the Peloponnes but really! We seem to get 3 OK days and then 5-6 days of howling Northerly winds with gusts regularly up around the mid 30’s, not so good. But enough whinging at least over here it is still sunny and warm, bathers all day warm.
    Before leaving Syros we had another bus ride to Hermoupolis this time taking along the south and east coasts of the island. We managed to post off our tax returns, in Greece posting seems less hassle than receiving but we will have to wait and see if they get to a Guernsey 🇬🇬. We left Finikas on Syros on I think it was Friday 31st planning on coming to this island but the bay on the south but seas were very rough and it was a lot windier than forecast so we stopped off at Ormos Vari on the south of Syros for a night before heading East on Saturday seas were still unforgiving and wind from NW so to ease some of the rolling we headed to the northern end of this island then surfed down the western coast to here Ormos Ornos it’s beautiful with white sand, very few people, only a few farmers live on the island. Farming what we have no idea we have seen a few sheep and the land is split into fields but they are very stoned. We have visited a little church, we have seen three so far but figure there must be a couple more to the South. We have done some snorkelling and although there is very little seaweed or coral there are quite a few fish 🐠 all small ish but here is the first place I have seen groupers, and there is a greater variety of wrasse as well. The other rather bizarre thing that happened today was a bird flying into the boat, it was a little smaller than a thrush with light and dark brown feathers, it was odd because into the boat! but also because we have seen hardly any birds in the southern Mediterranean except seagulls and not even very many of those.
    Over the narrow isthmus (100m) that separates north from south you can see ancient Délos and the temples I took some photos but we are bit far away but it was still so windy I thought we might not actually get there to see them properly. We have now relaxed and are ready we think for Mýkonos, but it might be a bit full on but at least it’s not the weekend. We will take a tourist boat to Délos and do some restocking, John keeps eating the food we buy! That reminds on our second trip to Hermoupolis we bought him a GF loaf so he is happy again and off the granola.
    We have been trying to make a plan/route for going through the Cyclades but there are lots of islands, as the name suggests, in a circle and with this wind we kind of need to go SE if possible.
    We do now have an overwintering location, we will be in Levkas Marina which is in Levkas Town on Levkas island in the Ionian. It is a very sheltered location and is almost in town so easy for shopping chandlers pubs etc and only a couple of hours sailing from a large inland water that we can visit either before or after our stay if weather not playing ball. But not great for flights out of season so we are unlikely to be able to make it home for Christmas🎄 it’s only 4 months away! We have booked a spot from 15 December until 15 March so if anyone does want to visit just let us know when to expect you.😁
    Congratulations to James and Laura on the arrival of Sophia yesterday 🤱
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  • Day2

    Greece day 2

    September 11 in Greece

    Day two of our Greece trip. After meeting my neighbour's {see chickens and turkey's} and breakfast in the hotel, we rented car for the day. First we visited the semartary of Mykonos. Then we went for Ano Mera to visit the monastery and had a lovely Greece lunch with salad, giros and mousaka in the Fishermen. After this we had a swim on the beach of Fokos. I created my own stone pile, see foto. After visiting Kalafatis and Ornoswe had a swim in the hotel pole and a dinner at our room. Today I scored my first two espresso cups. A lovely day again 29 degrees.Read more

  • Day3

    Greece day 3

    September 12 in Greece

    Day 3 on Mykanos. Today, after breakfast, a swing and a walk near the hotel. and lunch in our room, we visited the old city of Mykanos. Bought a hat for my bold head. Also got a little souvenir from the island for our garden chamber at home. We saw little vanice and the windmills from Mykanos. Went past the Parapotiani church that we were looking for. Climbing the way up, they say what goes up must come down but what goes down must also go up, to the hotel we had a nice dinner at the hotel neighbors Local.Read more

  • Day6

    Andros -->Mykonos

    July 7 in Greece

    Rond 7u50 verlieten we ons geliefde strand en hotel in Andros. Aangezien het ontbijt pas startte vanaf 8uur ‘s ochtends, vertrokken we zonder. We wandelden naar de bushalte, waar we de bus zeker moesten halen aangezien er maar één per uur reed. Net toen we er aankwamen, stopte er een freelance bus voor ons. Uiteindelijk arriveerde we omstreeks kwart na acht aan de haven. Een uur en een kwartier te vroeg voor de ferry, we hadden dan toch nog op het hotel kunnen ontbijten... Na een uurtje wachten met een ontbijt uit een lokale bakker, konden we de ferry op. Rond 12uur arriveerden we in Mykonos, waar we werden opgewacht door ons hotel. In de namiddag bezochten we Mykonos city. Een gezellig dorpje, met mooie steegjes en huisjes. Al ging de authenticiteit verloren door het toerisme en de feestgangers. Er zijn zelfs stranden aangelegd voor de feesten met namen als ‘paradise beach’ en zelfs ‘super paradise beach’. Daar voelen we ons dus helemaal thuis 😉 (sarcasme). Na de stad door te wandelen en de bekende windmolens te bezoeken, keerden we terug richting hotel om daar avond te eten.Read more

  • Day8

    Mykonos: dag 2

    July 9 in Greece

    Vandaag namen we om 10uur de eerste bus richting Kalafati, één van de ‘rustigere’ stranden. Doordat we er vroeg arriveerden, vonden we plek op de gratis ligstoelen en parasols. Altijd mooi meegenomen!
    De rest van de dag hebben we vooral gelegen, gelezen en gezwommen.
    In de namiddag zijn we even naar een lokale supermarkt gewandeld om ons te voorzien van drinken. Daar kochten we ook ineens ‘beach ball’: twee paletten met een balletje om tegen te slaan. We merkten onmiddelijk dat ik daar gewoonweg héél slecht in ben, waardoor we een paar keer de zee zijn moeten induiken om het balletje niet kwijt te geraken. Ook klopte ik een paar keer op magische wijze de bal naar achteren en landde hij dicht bij slapende mensen.
    Rond 19u30 keerden we terug richting Mykonos stad voor ons laatste avondmaal op dit eiland. Naar aanraden van onze hotelman, aten we in één van de weinige traditionele Griekse restaurants in Mykonos, gelegen in een rustig steegje.
    Eenmaal aangekomen op hotel, merkte ik dat mijn gezicht zo rood ziet als een kreeft. Hopelijk is het morgen al minder...
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  • Day7

    Mykonos: dag 1

    July 8 in Greece

    Vandaag startten we onze dag met een gegidste tour naar Delos. Delos was een eiland en bloeiende stad omstreeks de 3de tot de 1ste eeuw voor Christus, bestaande uit een heilig deel voor de Goden en een deel voor de ‘gewone’ mensen. Nu blijven er enkel nog maar ruïnes over. Het bezoek startte met een boottocht van een halfuurtje, eenmaal aangekomen begon de rondleiding. Onze gids bleek zelf een archeologe te zijn die op Delos de opgravingen verzorgde. Vandaag de dag geeft ze dus vol passie haar kennis door, wat zeker een meerwaarde gaf aan de tour.
    Delos is eigenlijk een onbewoond eiland en wordt enkel bezocht door toeristen, toch leefden hier ook verschillende katten!
    Omstreeks 14uur arriveerden we terug op het bewoonde Mykonos. Na een hapje te eten, namen we de bus richting een strand, om een middagje te relaxen. Gilles is deze keer zelfs tot aan de boei gezwommen! Al lag die deze keer niet zo ver weg...
    Uiteindelijk werden we door de bus op de terugweg afgezet voor de deur van ons hotel. Zo’n service kennen ze in België niet 😉
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  • Day41

    Mykonos: The Island of (No) Winds

    September 8, 2017 in Greece

    A trip to Greece wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one of the Greek islands. For our gaycation what better island to visit than the infamous gay, Greek island, Mykonos. Promoted as the gay-friendly island and the Ibiza of Greece for its nightlife, it’s also called the island of the winds but fortunately for us the weather was absolutely perfect.

    We set out for the little gay Greek island from Athens on the Hellenic Seaways ferry, early on Friday morning. As we boarded the ferry in special economy, although we didn’t feel so special along with the hundreds of others that were travelling cattle-class, Ricky began to recognise the music playing in the background. It was a Greek, pan-pipe version of Celine Dion’s Titanic theme song. Was this an omen? Would we make it to our destination without re-enacting the famous scene of Leonardo and Kate on the bow? We had heard that the trip through the Cyclades could get really rough but we weren't aware of any icebergs. "Near, far, wherever you are I believe that the heart does go on ..." or so the song goes.

    The island landscape of Mykonos is mountainous, dotted with white little houses with blue windows. Our accommodation was situated on the Southside of the island with amazing views of the Aegean Sea. While the island is only small, the only way to traverse it is to hire a motorcycle, car or ATV. As we set out on our 50cc motorcycle, Ricky was gripping on for dear life as we travelled up and down the steep mountains and narrow roads, lined with rock fences, to get to the many beaches on the island. At one point the gradient was so steep that the power of the 50cc motorcycle couldn’t handle it and Ricky needed to run (well, a slight canter) up the slope.

    Typically European, the beaches are lined with umbrellas and deck chairs for hire. And in true European style nudity on the beach is not an issue. All shapes and sizes are celebrated and the taboos of other western countries seem absent. Healthy attitudes to the body are diminished by an almost unhealthy obsession for worshipping the sun. Tanorexia, the condition where you can't be too tanned, is rife in the Cyclades, enough to make Donatella Versace and Tanning Mom proud of their disciples. In fact, we’re convinced that the Versace leather-making factory is situated along the coasts of Mykonos. Take your pick of the type of leather and Donatella will whip you up a custom-made handbag to accessorise with the latest season’s outfits.

    After six weeks of running from one iconic tourist attraction to another, the respite that Mykonos brought was exactly what was needed to recharge the batteries to forge through the next six weeks of our European sojourn.

    Next stop: Athens for one night and then Barcelona.

    See link below for video footage:
    https://youtu.be/YvMwXa3pTWM
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  • Day9

    Party Hard

    September 30, 2017 in Greece

    After lazy day trying to escape 45km/h winds. We headed to Joanna's Taverna. Set on the beach, we were hoping for great seafood but all we got was mediocre stuffed calamari.

    We headed back into town and found Montparnasse, a piano bar. It has a speak easy feel and is located on the waterfront. They have a large cocktail menu, I can highly recommend the Rhubarb Gimlet. Just before 10pm people appeared everywhere, it went from empty to packed in minutes. A pianist with a deep American drawl and a happy smile appeared. A silence fell. His fingers caressed the keys and music filled the bar. Requests came from the crowd, the first? Unsurprisingly Piano Man by Billy Joel.

    Phyllis, a Mediterranean lady in her sixties casually dressed in sneakers, black slacks, a shirt and a pink cardi. Her style clashed with the decor, but she took her place by the piano and serenaded us with her gravely voice. The night continued to improve when we discovered Phyllis had pizzazz, she had a dirty sense of humour and gave zero fucks. The set was fun, light and included favourites such as *****.

    Next we found a little bar called Alley. The service here was on pointe. The bar staff were attentive and we're soon making us all their favourite cocktails including a number that weren't listed on the menu. This place has the best cocktails I've tasted in Mykonos.

    At the recommendation of the bar staff at Alley we went back to Caprice. It was teeming with energy. The music was a mixture of Greek and 90s pop. My Salsa and newly learnt zorba moves featured on the dance floor.

    The night was carefree and fun and all to soon it was very very early. We were in bed before the sun, but only just.
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Dimos Mykonos, Mykonos, Μύκονος

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