Sea Day and Mykonos

After four long (and fun) days at port, we got a day a well deserved day at sea while we sailed for Mykonos. It also happened to be Jerry’s birthday. So, to celebrate, we ate dinner that night at Le Bistro, the ship’s French restaurant. I even tried escargot for the first time. (I wasn’t impressed.) We both enjoyed the rest of our meals and thought it was worth the extra charge to go for the evening. They even brought out a birthday cake (enough for three people) for Jerry’s dessert and sang Happy Birthday to him.

The next morning, the ship docked at Mykonos. Mykonos has one spot available to dock (for cruise ships). Luckily, the spot was assigned to us and we didn’t have to take tenders in to town. And, Norwegian provided a free bus shuttle from the dock to the edge of town (about a 5 minute drive). We were only scheduled to be in port from 7:00 – 2:00. So, we got off the ship a little after 7:00 and headed into town.

After the shuttle dropped us off, we walked into town along the waterfront. At the opposite end of the harbor was this cute little church.

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We kept walking toward the far end of town. On the way, we passed the Panagia Paraportiani, one of the most famous (and most photographed) churches in Mykonos. It is a conglomerate of five churches built between the 15th and 17th centuries A.D. Four of the churches were used as the base for the fifth church on the second floor.

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After passing the church, we continued walking as we wanted to see some old windmills that are situated on a ridge overlooking the town. And, we wanted to there early before it got crowded and before it got too hot. The windmills are no longer in use. But, they are neat to look at; and, their location provides a good photo op of the surrounding area.

View of the windmills from Little Venice, a nice part of town with waterfront restaurants, bars, and stores.

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View of the ship (in the distance) and the Little Venice part of town.

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After walking back down the hill, we wandered around town for awhile. Mykonos town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys. It’s said that they designed it that way to confuse attacking pirates. Well, it worked to get us lost. We ended up walking around in circles several times. But, the town is not very big. So, you can easily find your way to the harbor or to a main landmark and get your bearings.

The town, with its painted stone streets, colorful flowers and brightly painted building accents, is cute.

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And, the water is absolutely beautiful.

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After wandering around, we ate lunch at a waterfront café, shopped a little and then headed back to the shuttle bus pick up spot.

Jerry and I both loved Mykonos and Athens (which will be later in the blog). If someone told us we could only go back to one country in Europe, Greece would be it. We couldn’t help but fall in love with the scenery, the food, and the people. We didn’t get a chance to go to any of the beaches. But, the water was the most beautiful shade of blue I have ever seen. Not to mention that it was crystal clear. I can only dream about going back one day to snorkel and relax on one of the many beaches around Greece. The food was wonderful. And, Jerry got to try Greek coffee. Last, but not least, we were greatly impressed by the people. Every person we met was friendly and welcoming (and, not just because they were trying to sell us something). The people we met were genuine and funny and warm. I can’t wait to go back.

 

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