Sunday, 23 October 2016

Those famous Windmills

Mykonos (Μύκονος)

Our ferry








I thought it would be easier to go to the islands by ferry, no waiting around in airports etc. I chose the fastest catamarans that are actually made in Tasmania, the SeaJet2 which takes only three hours from Piraeus to Mykonos. It leaves at 7am in the morning and gets in at 10am, so we grabbed some breakfast on the boat. Even though we arrived early, our room was available so we were able to check in straight away.

 As a precaution I took a Bonine motion sickness tablet before we left and it worked brilliantly. It was a little rough and Lindsay even complained of not feeling well and he never gets seasick. There is a faint smell of stale cigarette smoke even though you aren't allowed to smoke on board.

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The Island isn't very big and the streets are narrow cobbled laneways without names. Even armed with a map it’s difficult not to get lost in the old town of Mykonos, the streets are like a maze and you find yourself walking in circles but you can’t remember when you saw that shop or that church, or was it a different church? There are so many and many things look the same.

The weather hasn’t be cooperating and while we got a sunset on the first night, it wasn’t behind the windmills like I would have liked. The following night I wanted to capture the scene at a different angle but the cloud cover was low and it hid the sun as it went down.




You will notice that the food is about double what you paid on the mainland because (a) it's on an island but also because (b) they only have part of the year to make their money. No freebie deserts here which we had been given on the mainland.

If you ever get annoyed about about sales tax in your own country, compare it to Greece's 24% sales tax - ouch.



Mykonos is known for it’s wind which is why they built the windmills which ground the grain. The day we arrived was sunny enough to enjoy a drink down by the water in the afternoon. But the rest of our stay was extremely windy and the water was so choppy that they cancelled all the ferry trips to the nearby island of Delos.



Fisherman mending his net
No names on the streets, bad luck if you have to come all the way back again
Parking is at a premium, no wonder they have such small cars and they all have dints in them



Related Posts:

1. Athens - Greece - The First Democracy
2. Olympia - Let the Games Begin
3. Delphi - Ancient Delphi
4. Meteora - The Stone Forest
5. Mykonos - you are here
6. Santorini - The Belle of the Islands


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