Mykonos

Stunning! There is something really appealing about the barren hunk of rock, glittery turquoise water and white and blue architecture. But, I highly recommend coming here with a good friend or romantic partner because there isn’t much to do alone.

Mykonos offers beautiful beaches, good restaurants and a hopping nightlife. That is about it. Thank goodness I like to read and don’t really mind being alone.

The only things to go visit are the windmills (that takes about five minutes) (There are currently 16 windmills on Mykonos of which seven are positioned on the landmark hill in Chora. Most of them were built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but their construction continued into the early 20th century. They were primarily used to mill wheat. They were an important source of income for the inhabitants. Their use gradually declined until they ceased production in the middle of the 20th century. The architecture of each of them is similar, all have a round shape, white colour and a pointed roof and very small windows.)

and the island of Delos (Delos is a Greek island and archaeological site in the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades archipelago, near Mykonos. The mythological birthplace of Apollo, it was a major religious center and port during the 1st millennium B.C.)

I would have liked to explore Delos but the boats all left between 9-12 and I work from 9-12 and didn’t have a weekend day this trip. I did go kitesurfing one day and horseback riding another, which I enjoyed.

My mode of transport was a scooter (shh, don’t tell mom) and I did some scoot trips exploring the island. It’s not a very big island and there isn’t much to see inland. Of course, the beautiful coastline is jam packed with buildings and traffic. I enjoyed poking along and seeing the sights.

There are a ton of tiny churches (over 300) and, upon asking, I was told that, when the island initially got modern amenities such as electricity and water, the government would run those amenities to any church that was built. So, you see tons of tiny churches (barely even chapels, I’m talking capacity two people) with huge villas just behind them. But, they are pretty little buildings and I found myself enjoying spotting them.

Anyway, the architecture is typical of the Cyclades islands. They are simply constructed of natural materials and the flat roofs have lips around them for water collection.

As piracy was a problem in the Aegean when the islands were being inhabited, many of the houses were built high on the hillsides to have a good view of anyone arriving via boat. In addition, Mykonos Town, on the sea, is a maze of narrow, winding streets. This was to prevent easy access by pirates. It now serves to trap unsuspecting tourists in the over-priced shopping area!

Enjoy the beauty in the photos. I took way too many and had to edit down. Every time I turned around, I saw something more beautiful than the last thing I took a photo of.

I’ve always a had a fascination with pretty or interesting doors and windows. This is a good place to indulge that.

My goal each day was to seek out a non-tourist beach. I found many beautiful hidden coves such as this one.

The style above came into being on the island due to the conquering sultan’s (Turkish, if I remember correctly) of the time having a fondness for eating pigeon. Apparently pigeons roost in these. (My driver for the horse riding trip is a history teacher during the school year, he was a wealth of knowledge and told me a million things, I remember the one about the pigeons, go figure) It has become a common decorative style in the architecture here.

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