We were looking forward to a beautiful day on the tiny Greek isle of Mykonos and were excited when we were told that we would be taking a "tender" or small boat from the Ruby Princess into the fishing town.
Mykonos is situated on a most glorious and beautiful section of the Mediterranean and if someone were to tell you that you had to spend the rest of your life here I do not think you would be disappointed. Its whitewashed stucco buildings trimmed in beautiful Mediterranean blue stand out against the allure of the sea and the mountains.
Mykonos is favored by jet setters, rock and movie stars and all kinds of celebrities. It is secluded but offers a terrific night life (we were told) and the fresh seafood and wines found there are unforgettable. There are several open public cafes and restaurants right on the water and some more private,intimate cafes in the interior which were equally charming.
Being a Sunday, Joanne and I headed for the high road and visited the tiny Greek orthodox chapels and churches dotting the harbor village. One of the main highlights of the island are the 5 windmills that sit on a hill overlooking the bay. Though not used for grinding grain anymore they provide a neat tourist attraction and photo op for those so inclined. We also hit the VERY NICE shops for jewelry,textiles and sandals. It shouldbe noted that these shopkeepers were quite nice and not at all aggressive. Most speak a little English but bargaining was not appreciated here.
The guys rented ATVs and took off for "Paradise Beach", a clothing optional area with lots of great bars and people watching. From their report getting there was half the fun as the roads were windy and unpaved. As in most clothing optional places- the people who were undressed really SHOULDN’T have been…but they enjoyed it none-the-less.
J. and I ended up back at the harbor where we had landed and scouted out some appropriate looking cafes to partake of our lunch time meal. Several establishments were grouped together in this area and they all looked pretty similar. The food we ordered was spectacular for bar food. There were Greek meatballs, calamari;crisp fried and tasting of the sea, yummy hummus and spreads to put on seeded flatbreads and crackers. The Greek wine was red and tasted different from other reds we had tried on board. This lunch was one of my favorite moments.
Later we met up with my brother and ordered ouzo and ice water on the side to sip while we watched the other cruisers straggling back to the tenders to go to the ship.
It was a fantastic day- I could have spent the entire time people-watching at the little café on the beach!