Mykonos is the one stop on the tour that has little historical draw. I’m sure lots of interesting stuff happened here, but there are no notable ruins, no battle sites and nothing really to compare to Knossos or Ephesus. This is just a nice island that makes its living by looking pretty for the tourists.
Wikipedia: Tourism is a major industry and Mykonos is well known for its vibrant nightlife and for being a gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering for the LGBT community.
Marie led us through the narrow streets of the town. This is a prosperous island with cruise ships stopping by daily and luxurious homes dotting the cliffsides. Marie named several obscure European movies and equally obscure stars that had filmed here.
The locals call this “Little Venice”. One thing I love about Europe in general is that you can always get your hand on a beer or a glass of wine without too much difficulty, should the need suddenly arise.
The old windmills lined up behind Zorba’s. Now purely decorative, they once had canvas sails between the arms. In the foreground can be seen the tourists from the second wave of tenders photographing the guys on the rock cleaning fish.
The Mykonos cat lady. On most every stop we have made on this cruise, you just had to notice an abundance of cats scattered around. Knossos, Ephesus, even Istanbul had an impressive number of cats, just lying about. I guess that makes this lady a critical cog in the tourist machine.
A church that we followed Marie to. She told us that there were more than 200 small churches on the island since it was a tradition to dedicate a small shrine-like church to bless a new fishing boat or someone opening a new business.
As I said, beer is always available should the need arise. A couple of brewskies before we head back to the boat. Mykonos was very nice. A beautiful low-key gem in the Aegean. No “can’t miss” tourist sites, but an incredibly relaxing place to visit.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 11th, the cruise part of our vacation ends, as we are scheduled to disembark in Piraeus and take a cab to the Acropolis Select Hotel in Athens for a three night stay.
We now have to pack and figure out how to get off the boat. Exciting! Especially since I have somehow misplaced the hotel voucher.