For Mykonos, we decided to take a “wandering” relaxed approach to give us time to relax and recharge after the busy days of Istanbul and Ephesus. Our docking experience here was much different than that of Santorini. For Mykonos, we arrived at 7am and docked so it was a simply matter of leaving the ship whenever you wanted and we had until 6pm to see all the sights. The dock was located about 1-2 kms way from the main town and we decided to take the ship transfer rather than walk the very narrow and sidewalk less road. Mykonos is full of beautiful windy, tiny streets. I loved peaking down them.
Mykonos main industry is tourism and so shops and restaurants were the name of the game. We spent much of the morning touring the windy streets and browsing in and out of shops. The most exciting of which was a local Art Gallery where Mom and I each purchased some pieces (Mom – 3 small originals and myself a large print). The main artist featured in the gallery was the brother of the owner and he primarily used watercolours. I have never really been a fan of this medium but I simply loved the piece as soon as I saw it. I am delighted with how it turned out once I got it home and framed.
Mykonos is famous for its windmills. These windmills are no longer in use but are still a wonderful sight on the skyline. It was a beautiful walk up the small streets to find them. I found they were much bigger than I was expecting and really interesting to see up-close and personal.
After looking around the windmills, we continued our meandering through the shops, picking up souvenirs as we went. It was in one of these stops that I realized my cardigan had gone missing. I had taken in off during our trek up to the windmills and tossed it over my bag strap. I attempted to re-trace my steps but sadly it could not be found. Sigh….I still miss that cardigan and I hope whoever picked it up is enjoying it.
By this time, we were getting hungry and in Mykonos you seem to have two choices – reasonably priced with no view or crazy priced with a great view. We decided to go with the great view and ordered ourselves the ultimate seafood platter. It seems to be a European tradition that sides are ordered separately from the main course, so in the end we had a plate of fish which frankly was good enough for us. It may have been a bit pricey but it was a great deal of fun to sit overlooking the harbor and watch all the other tourists wander by.
We walked around a bit more after eating before catching the shuttle back to the ship. I feel no need to return to Mykonos other than if I wanted to spend some time on a beach people watching (obviously this means going earlier in the year that October). Beyond that, 3-4 hours works for seeing all the sights. It was nice to relax a bit before our next action packed stop: Athens.