Monday, July 1, 2013

Mykonos, Greece...too hot to handle?

We left Santorini on a high speed ferry to the beautiful, sun drenched party island of Mykonos.  Although it was still quite hot, we were happy to see that Mykonos had a nice wind that remained with us for the whole time on the island.  We stayed at the Hotel Nazos just outside of the old town.  The lively hotel owner that picked us up in the hotel shuttle suggested that we not wait and unpack, but said our itinerary must be as follows:  get swimsuits on, go to paradise beach (party already going) and then come home, shower, make love and then go back out for the evening party.  I thought it curious that he threw in the shower bit in between the other exciting activities, but Amy and I did not want to disappoint.

Boarding the ferry to Mykonos
Actually, the combination of heat and travel exhaustion got the best of us so we adjusted the suggested itinerary and got something to eat downtown and then hit paradise beach the next day.  The downtown (old town) area is filled with small stores, high end shops and a bunch of bars and restaurants serving mostly Greek and Italian food.  One could easily get lost in the small, narrow cobble stoned streets.  There is a cute waterfront area and a row of windmills that beckoned a photo opportunity from the wandering tourists.

A short drive away from the old town was the quite opposite "young" area called Paradise Beach.  Oh,...where do I begin?  Let's just say this lively town is similar to any college town party and spring break locale times 2 set to pounding rhythms of the world's most famous DJs.  We spent two days here with mornings on the beach and part of the afternoon at the beachfront club joining in with the festivities.  Mind you... I did say only part of the afternoon.  The young guns did the all day beach thing plus the all night partying thing.
Gyro shop in Mykonos

We rented a scooter for 2 days and toured around the island a little.  We went to a clothing optional beach (guess who did the partaking and who didn't?) and visited Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach.  Don't be fooled by the name though.  Super Paradise Beach was much calmer than Paradise.

Waterfront in Mykonos.  We did a morning run here through the streets.  On the run we actually saw the Windstar ship we sailed on for our honeymoon almost 8 years ago.
Giant beans in tomato sauce, stuffed mushrooms and our favorite...spicy cheese dip (tirokafteri)
The streets of Mykonos-Old Town
The party just beginning at the Tropicana Beach Club, Paradise Beach
Our short time in Greece came to an end as we boarded our flight back to Athens and then off to Milan, Italy.

Greece, your warm people, tasty food and warm, wild beaches will always be remembered and we look forward to experiencing them again in our lifetime.