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  • Day3

    Ancient Delos

    October 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today I had booked a guided tour of the uninhabited island of Delos. This is the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The story goes that Zeus got jiggy with a mortal. His wife, Hera, was not best chuffed so banned her from giving birth on land. Delos was floating so provided a loop hole. As a present for bearing his twins Zeus anchored the island and made it visible.
    During the Hellenic times it became a huge trading post for both goods and slaves and being a tax haven, it thrived. However a plague in Athens was blamed on Apollo and his island had to pay the price. No one was allowed to be born or die on Delos. People left and the ruin that stands today shows the most amazing details of life 4000 BC.
    History lesson over! I had a great day strolling around the island imagining myself in ancient Greece. The houses and shops are amazingly intact as they were buried. There are intact streets to wander along too. The temples however were visible and locals raided them for centuries for building materials. Apparently it wasn't just the locals, a part of the collusus of Apollo is in the British museum!
    It was crazy windy again today hence the crazy hair! Plus Anthony Gormley has an exhibition there at the moment so we kept stumbling on his figures which I liked but our guide was less certain.
    Back in Mykonos I was swayed by a trendy bar with an inside area (I'd had a little too much sun) and paid a small fortune for three chicken wings and a bit of iceberg. 😋
    I made up for this with a Nutella crepe, delicious.
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  • Day40

    Delos and Little Venice

    October 13, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Delos is a small island with a lot of history in Greek Mythology as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and the Macedonian and Roman Empires as a trade hub + sacred ground. Unfortunately, the entire place was sacked multiple times leaving only ruins.

  • Day41

    Mykonos: The Island of (No) Winds

    September 8, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    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.
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  • Day9

    Party Hard

    September 30, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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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  • Day19

    Pneumonia in Mikonos

    November 23, 2013 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    My fever spiked again last night at 103.8, so obviously I’m not out of the woods yet. I went to the ship’s medical center, where Dr. Dylan Belton from Bermuda and PA Rohen from South Africa were both very friendly and helpful. They started intravenous injections for pneumonia and told me to check back by the medical center at 4:30 P. M. By then nothing had changed. It was a difficult afternoon. They gave me another bag of the same IV, started me on a Z-pack, and told me to return in the morning.Read more

  • Day12


    May 21, 2015 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Mykonos was beautiful, I definitely need to go back as we weren't there long enough! We went for a walking tour around town before having dinner, which was delicious. We had lots of salad, extra large shrimps, lobster pasta, snapper and an alcoholic shot of some kind! At night the island looks beautiful we headed out to a cocktail bar followed by a night club.Read more

  • Day7


    September 28, 2017 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    After the bus took 20 minutes to get Mera Beach we assumed it would take 20 minutes to return to Fira. Not so... It decided to loop around Perissa first. 40 minutes later, a very hurried walk/run to our hotel and we were on the shuttle on the way to the port, abet a little later than planned. All to soon we were on the ferry and heading to Mykonos. The wind picked up today and it was noticeably choppier on the boat ride.

    We are starting to get the hang of public transport and we're able to negotiate the local bus from the port to town and then walked to our hotel. Our sore legs quaked in fear when we saw the Grand Beach Hotel's driveway. Quite possibly the steepest I have ever seen. But we made it and that burn is doing wonderful things for our arses and calves (I hope). But it was worth it for the view.
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  • Day8


    September 29, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    First stop today was the Windmills of Kato Myloi. A feature of the island since the 16th century and remnant of time when the island prospered from being a port along the Europe/Asia shipping line. Now only a few remain and are scenery. I'm not sure if any of them are in working order as they are now tied down. It's a pity... We had a steady wind blowing of 25-30km/h and gusts up to 42km/h. Probably would of been enough to get these bad boys turning.

    One of the windmills was open and we able to look inside, it was pretty basic. On the lower level you have what I'm assuming was a storage area. On the upper level you have a wooden floor and the inner mechanisms of the windmill which I'm again I am guessing was once used for the production of grain.

    A little kitsch for my taste, but given it was free and easy to get to worth a look.
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  • Day8

    Hidden Gems of Little Venice

    September 29, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Next stop was exploring the streets of Little Venice. You could spend days in here. The streets are filled with clothing shops, hidden cafes, restaurants, bars, houses and Greek churches. It has an electric atmosphere, filled with hustle and bustle. The streets themselves are narrow cobblestone pathways running between whitewashed buildings, with colourful trims to break up the stark white. It's beautiful.

    Some of our favourites were Mathoura, a speciality store that sold its own roasted nuts, an amazing collection of dried fruit, baklava, and home-made chocolate delights. We tried and loved the pistachio baklava, the candied orange in dark chocolate and sesame roasted almonds.
    Ntoukas Kitchen Lab, a cafe that made the best spanakopita I have ever tasted. It's coffee was delicious and all its pies and tarts were home-made and looked divine.
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Dimos Mykonos, Mykonos, Μύκονος

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