My Big Fat Greek Visit !

Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kalimera!  Upon seeing Mykonos for the first time, we thought we were in the opening scene of Mama Mia!  Upon our departure, we felt like we were guests of a "Big Fat Greek Wedding"!  

Princess had contracted out local Greek charters to transport passengers from the Ruby to the Island of Mykonos!  The local Greeks were very hospitible and provided a short and smooth transit to the island's marina.  We were so excited!  We've finally arrived on the land of Greek souvlaki!   No more imports!  This is the 'real deal'!

We decided not to take a tour today, choosing to take our own walking tour!  As we walked away from the Port Tender at the marina, it seemed like we were continually walking in a Greek flag as the the colour of choice around the town of Mykonos was white and blue.  It seemed, everyone had cube shaped white houses!  Buildings were white!  The sky was clear blue!  Vendors were yelling!  The smells of slouvaki were everywhere!  It felt like we were at our Summer Fair!    

We walked around the port and did some browsing in the store front shops and street market, occasionally being enticed to view local Greek Nike t-shirts!  Being seasoned shoppers, we avoided eye contact and only took interest in an item if we were truly interested in that item. 

Apparently, there were only a few taxi's on the island and one wonders why anyone would take one when two large cruise ships were in town.  You see, not only was our ship, the Ruby Princess, carrying 3,100 passengers in port but the Celebrity cruise ship was also in port.  There were so many people around the port area that taxi's virtually couldn't move more than a few inches a minute.  Hope their meter's weren't running by the minute.  

As is custom for us, we found a local bottleshop and purchased a local bottle of wine, with grapes grown in Greece.  

We returned to the marina area and then made our way to the area of the island called "Little Venice".  Here the most western part of the town meets the sea.  Buildings are constructed right at the sea's edge with their balconies overhanging the water.    

One of the most recognized landmarks on Mykonos has been their windmills.  These mills were once used to refine grain and compact it for transport.  A fairly strong wind year round made this a great location.

The intinerary had the Ruby departing Mykonos at 2pm so we made our way back to the tender at the marina in plenty of time to catch a lunch on board.  After lunch, we chose to relax around the Calypso pool deck and enjoy the warmth and sun that Mykonos was offering.  This was also the location of the Movie Under the Stars.  And wouldn't you know it, the movie playing was "Mama Mia"!  We felt like running to the edge and jumping overboard.  Not like we don't like the movie.  O.K.!  We admit, we don't the like the movie!  We were so grateful that we watched it for 'free' on satelite at our friend's Brenda-Lyn and Cam's cabin.  But, before you send us hatemail, we would like to reinforce, we Love ABBA!  We even Love Meryl Streep!  We think she's one of the best actors in the movie business!  We just think that Mama Mia was one of the goofiest movies ever made.  It reminded us of one of those goofy half hour sitcoms where characters would periodically break out in song.  Fortunately, the networks did the right thing and saved us all from future therapy and slashed that show right after the pilot.  

By mid afternoon, The Ruby disembarked Mykonos in order to hit the sea and arrive in Istanbul, that city of two continents and many cultures, by tomorrow morning.  We're most lookin' forward to the former city of Constantinople! 

Yassas!  Rick & Elsie!    


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bonnie.len on

sounds and looks like a wonderful trip. Looking forward to reading the remaining entries. You are such talented writers and photographers.

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