White & blue, crepes & kittys!

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 09, 2010

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Late start today so it's a good thing they serve breakfast until about 11am! Lounged around the hotel for a while, enjoying the view (not to mention the warmth!) of Mykonos.

Headed off down the winding path and into town.  The path sometimes feels like you’re walking through the back yards, side yards and even front yards of people’s homes since all the houses are built so closely together.

But what an incredible place!

Every street you walk down has the dark stone paving with white borders, each house has been freshly painted white and the only real difference between houses is the colour of their balconies, doors and handrails, which can be various shades of blue/green or red.

It’s a good thing no one wants to be an individual and paint their house another colour!

Every street is lined with colourful shops, restaurants and tavernas and there’s a church about every 100m.

The town looks big on the map due to all the buildings, but in reality, the whole place would fit inside Subiaco oval.  We keep getting lost when we look at the map since we’ve always walked much further than we expect!

You can walk from our hotel (just outside the main bit) to the other side of town in about 10-15 minutes and theoretically, no vehicles are allowed in the main part ...although we’ve nearly been run over several times by crazy motorbike riders and toy trucks designed to carry (at most) two watermelons.

We just kept wandering around the streets, looking at the shops, sighing at the beautiful streets, and playing with the affectionate kitty cats (they’re everywhere and are so cute!).

Eventually we got hungry again and found ourselves in Little Venice, a part of the town that has been built right on the water.  Stopped for a late lunch here and sat on a 1m wide balcony, literally on top of the water and with a great view of the famous Mykonos windmills ... just beautiful!

Next door, a woman chucked her fishing line over the balcony and a short time later, pulled out a fish!  How cool would it be to be able to do this (OK, maybe not for Sherry, who doesn’t eat fish)!

After chatting with an American couple for a while (and being impressed with how far they’d gotten off the beaten tourist track), we headed off for more aimless wandering through the amazing streets.

Suddenly, we were surprised by a Greek woman going berserk from her balcony and yelling at the top of her voice.  Who knows what she was saying (it was all Greek to us) but we thought we heard "Polezi" in there somewhere and started getting worried.

Hoping we hadn’t just accidentally done something that was incredibly offensive to old Greek ladies, we looked around to see if there was anyone who looked more guilty than us. Fortunately (for us) she seemed to be directing her rage at a couple of sheepish teenage girls in front of us, who looked just as surprised as us.

30 seconds later, she disappeared back inside and everyone went back to their shopping.  A guy from one of the shops came out and said, “Crazy, crazy lady” so maybe she’s like a nutty Greek cuckoo clock that pops out on a regular basis throughout the day to terrorise unsuspecting tourists ... there’s not much to entertain old people here.  Anyway, we didn’t hang around to find out (and neither did the teenagers!).

Most shops close during the middle of the day (except restaurants) which suits us fine since we’re normally having lunch about 2-3pm, but then they’re open again from 6-11pm ... which is perfect because then it’s cool enough to keep shopping and everyone is out and about with their kids and everything ... such a great atmosphere.

Found the street our friend Julia took a photo of a few years ago when she was here and had some nice crepes from the same shop.  Yum!

Saw lots of good-looking girls, which is great of course, and of course it doesn’t hurt either that they don’t like wearing clothes (can you tell Jeff wrote today’s entry?)!  But the beautiful girls are far outweighed by good-looking, buff, European men (don’t worry girls – I made sure I kept my shirt on).  However, before you pack your bags for Mykonos girls, we should probably mention one small catch ... Mykonos is VERY popular with the gay community.  So, every time you see a couple of guys hanging around together ... well ... let’s just say they’re not exactly cruising for chicks.  There are some VERY interesting postcards for sale ... OMG!

Towards the end of the day, we headed over to the windmills to take some sunset photos.  That seemed like a great idea, but unfortunately about half the tourists in Mykonos had had the same thought!

It was a feeding frenzy!

Thousands of people all jostling to try and take photos of themselves in front of the sunset or windmills (the Asian tourists), the windmills themselves, or the sunset (often with a flash as well – yeah, 'cos that will *really* help!).

We ran away as fast as we could and found some nice Italian food for dinner then headed home, back up the hill, which seemed much higher and steeper than it did earlier in the day!
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