Kissed by a Monk and trouble in Super Paradise
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
25Trip End Oct 09, 2010
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It only takes about 20 minutes to drive from one side of the island to the other on the main roads – it is quite a small place. Outside of Mykonos town, the countryside is incredibly barren and brown and there are no trees at all. We saw quite a few goats and donkeys trying to find food in their dusty paddocks, poor things. Hopefully the owners put out feed for them. The white houses stand out in stark contrast to the landscape, and we wondered if this (plus cooling properties) was one of the main reasons to paint them white ... so they could find them!
Driving around the island was an interesting experience
Our first stop was at Ano Mera in the middle of the island to visit the Monastery (and to play with a few more kitty cats). There were (of course) a few cats hanging out in the square in front of the monastery. We stopped to pat a couple because they are all so friendly and one started play-slashing Jeff and his shoes. Awww, so cute!
The church in the actual monastery was quite tiny but very ornate with silver chalices and chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, which were also heavily decorated. Through halting English one of the monks told us that some of the items in the church came from Florence originally.
Out the front of the church one of the old monks was sitting on a bench, looking like the picture perfect stereotype that you would expect of a Greek Orthodox monk. Sherry could tell Jeff wanted to take his picture but he was too shy to ask ... so Sherry asked if it would be OK and he said yes then beckoned for her to come sit next to him. Not wanting to get too close in case it wasn’t the thing to do (didn’t want to be accused of being a Monk toucher like Julia in Thailand) she sat with a bit of space between them
Back on the road again and we headed over to have a look at a couple of the beaches. The first was Livadi beach, complete with orderly rows of beach umbrellas and brilliant blue water. The water in Greece is so blue it’s astounding. Neither of us can get over it.
We were feeling a bit peckish by now so we drove onto Kalafatis beach for some lunch. Dined at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the ocean and felt very flash due to the large boat parked at the dock and the supermodel having lunch (a cigarette & salad) at the table next to us. The waiters were strangely very attentive at her table!
The water off the dock was superbly clear. The postcards don’t exaggerate!
We decided driving on the wrong side of the road on a sealed road was just too easy ... time to bush bash (well ... rough cement road bash anyway), so we headed down a small road towards a place called Lemonitra (somewhere at the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere!).
The roads were definitely challenging but thankfully we didn’t meet anyone else coming the other way as they were very narrow. Very brown everywhere but a great view across Panormos Bay to Panormos on the other side
Off to the other side of the bay for a couple of cocktails at Panormos and some beach goer viewing. There were some very scary people wearing very little at this beach. There were also some very attractive people wearing very little so we concentrated on them instead, feeling like a couple of leers while sipping our mai tais and amoretto sours in the shade.
After this we headed back towards the main town and then up to Ag. Stefanos, a beach retreat a little north of Mykonos town to have a look around. All looked quite pretty but the beach was rather small for an area marketed as a beach resort and basically it is just too far out of town.
Next we headed over to have a look at Super Paradise – one of the well known party beaches of Mykonos. Unfortunately on the way there a @#$%* driver ran up the back of our hire car
Nothing much was happening at Super Paradise when we got there as it was still too early in the day for the serious party goers. There were still a few scantily dressed girlies simulating sex (dancing) with their boyfriends and Jeff did get checked out by a few guys (much to his horror when I told him this later). [Jeff: yeah great! Thanks for putting *that* in Sherry!]
Decided we’d had enough of driving for the day so drove back to the hotel, unfortunately via the main streets and the bus station after missing our turn off. The main streets near the town are a little hairy to navigate. People, cars, quad bikes, buses and motorcycles everywhere! Jeff was never so happy to see a hotel parking area in his life!
After Jeff de-stressed (napped) we wandered down into town again for some tea. We chose another garden restaurant with a beautiful orange creeper and grapevines trailing over the pergola above our heads. Dinner was great again and then we went for our final stroll around the beautiful streets of Mykonos. Now that we are about to leave, we have finally got a handle on the streets and mostly know roughly where we are and how to get to places ... it sounds simple but in the maze of tiny winding alleys, it’s quite an achievement! We explored a few more streets that we hadn’t been up and nearly wet ourselves laughing as one cat stalked another then scared the crap out of it when it pounced ... so much so that it leapt straight up while squawking.
Browsed the shops a bit more then climbed back up the hill to our room and zonked out.