Mykonos, Day Eight / Cruise Day Seven
Between the Amalfi Coast and today, we had a day at sea. This was a good thing, we all got to sleep-in and sit by the pool and have some down time. Touring is hard work.
Greece is a place I have always wanted to visit since I was a kid. When I was 12 my cousin married a man from Greece and I went to their traditional Greek wedding (not to be confused with a Big Fat Greek Wedding). It was fun and festive and very different from anything I had attended before. Over the years my cousin has been to Greece with her family many times, her stories of the islands made me want to visit even more.
Mykonos was exactly what you would expect, all the exceptionally clean white paint, with the blue roofs. We saw shop keepers mopping the white sidewalks and buildings, even the tree trunks were painted white! It was so hot the day we were there, and there was hardly any shade. As a matter of fact, when you looked at Mykonos from the ship, there was hardly any green. For some reason, this day is in my memory as the hottest of the trip, for me anyway. The food was great, the beer was cold, the Ouzo was tasty, and I bought a pair of spiral earrings in one of the shops on the winding and twisting back streets. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am drawn to the spiral and concentric circles like a bug to the light.
The houses and buildings are painted white to reflect the harsh summer sun, a sun that shines up to 300 days a year. Blue and white are the colors of the Greek flag, and that color combination abounds in Mykonos. Apparently it became a law that all new houses have to be painted white, since 1974. At least you can paint your boat any color you want.
We explored until we were hungry, and tired (and hot, did I mention that I was hot?) and then we decided to find some lunch in the shade. We opted for a restaurant with outside seating and a view of the harbor. Our excursion in Mykonos was only a few hours, a short trip. We decided to try some new foods and let the kids order beers. Why not? When in Rome….. oh yes, we were already in Rome.
It is said that the main industry of Mykonos is Tourism, this was apparent as we walked the alley ways and listened to so many people from many different places. There was quite a long line of tourists for the return bus back at the port. And no shade. While in town the key was shopping, you could buy everything from shoes, to clothes, to T-shirts, to jewelry, to you name it in the stores along the back streets.
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