Interesting to note that Mykonos is in a group of islands known as Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. A few days ago we were all about the beautiful Mediterranean.
The minute we stepped out to take the shuttle to the business section of Mykonos we feel the difference. It is cold today on the Aegean Sea and the wind is fiercely blowing and has not stopped. Did you know there are four other larger islands in this group as well as Mykonos called, Naxos, Paros, Syros, and Tinos? How interesting it would be to see them. They must be a bit barren because they aren’t mentioned much and certainly not a tourist spot. When I have unlimited Wi-Fi I will Google each of them.
Mykonos in the wind and cold is better for me than hot, and hotter. As we walked through the authentically beautiful tourist town we had a destination, thank goodness or we would have stopped at a hundred different shops, restaurants, and interesting small shop size churches. We found out later that Greece is a very Orthodox country and religion plays an important role in Greek culture. There is a profusion of small family churches, about 500 of them in Mykonos, housing family remains. On our walk through the town we saw and were invited into these little churches, side by side the shops and restaurants. We also found out that only bones are kept in the little churches so they bury the body for approximately two or more years and when the bones are ripe they dig up their loved one and then, ceremoniously place the bones in their family church. I wish I would have known all of this before we left the city and would have taken more photos of these special places. There are few second chances and it this case zero and none. One photo at the end!
On the way I became interested in the steps up to living quarters and business offices. I’ve included some photos. Our destination was to get to the windmills. We walked up and up, left, then right and left again. We made it. Thank goodness because I so wanted a photo of the famous windmills like the one in magazines advertising a lovely stay on Mykonos. We got there fine, but so did others. No chance of taking an advertisement photo. Remember also, windy, windy, cold, cold. I have included the photo with people, but on the long wind down, I saw a free Wi-Fi sign in a coffee shop with an outside patio enabling a perfect shot of the ever-popular windmills.
I also tried to get a special shot of the typical Cycladic blue and white cube-shaped dwellings. Not like the guidebooks, no way, they must have a camera on a crane. Oh well, the yummy gritty Greek coffee with free Wi-Fi was a treat. Thank you Mykonos for putting your best foot forward for our visit. You could have turned the temperature up and the wind down, but the pleasure visiting you is ours.