Tuesday, July 4, 2006

July 22, 2006

Day 31
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Mykonos, Greece

View of Mykonos Town harbor
Our ship docks at the Mykonos port and we see that it is a very windy day.  We take a tour called the Mykonos Island Tour.  Our tour guide is Niko and he is from Athens but lives and works in Mykonos during the tourist season.  He gives us a lot of history of the island of Mykonos, which was always a very poor island until the 1950’s. 

What brought attention to the island was Aristotle Onassis who started coming to Mykonos and decided that he liked the original Greek architecture that is strictly preserved by the Government.  Celebrities starting coming to the island along with partygoers, including hippies and gays.  Mykonos is now considered the place to be seen in Greece, but that has caused the prices of everything to have increased.

On our tour, we stop to see the Panagia Tourliani Monastery.  There are still a few monks who live there.  There is a beautifully carved marble fountain in the courtyard and a superb carved wooden screen in the church specially made in Florence.  Then we travel to Kalafati Beach which is a world famous beach in Mykonos and has white sandy beaches which contrast with the deep blue Aegean Sea. 

Our final stop is Mykonos Town which is where the jet set party.  There are many restaurants, shops, and of course the beaches.  Very beautiful but also very windy.  As we walk through Mykonos Town, we see where the last pirate of Mykonos was buried, the windmills, and the district called Little Venice.

We have dinner with Brenda, Lorraine and Bob and are really enjoying their company.  Conversation and food are great.

Tour of Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos street

Typical family chapel

View of the sea from the family chapel in Mykonos

Kalafati Beach

Rowboat and surfboard (the old and the new!)

Kalafati Beach diving boat in Mykonos

Kalafati Beach fishing boat

Pat at Kalafati Beach in Mykonos (extremely windy day!)

Greek farmer selling melons in Ano Mera, Mykonos

Fruit stand in Ano Mera, Mykonos

Little Venice in Mykonos, Greece

Old woman ringing church bells at the only Catholic church

Mykonos Town street scene

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