I had always dreamed of Mykonos, the beautiful blue water with the white houses lined up on the hilltop with their beautiful blue doors. It was with this lifetime of expectation that we sailed into our third stop on the Splendor of the Seas cruise. Of course, I was worried about a potential let down but we arrived on a sunny still day to a enchanting exotic hospitable island: Mykonos did not disappoint.
Once we arrived at the port, the first thing I noticed was the enormous luxury yachts moored at the marina. One in particular caught my attention named “Barbie”. My first thought was that the owner of Mattel must be here. When I googled it I learned afterwards that it a private yacht with no clear explanation about the name but I’m sure we can all imagine.
The blue water of Mykonos in itself is something to marvel at. I looked back at the pictures I took and found I had taken a good dozen of the striking deep blue color of the sea.
Walking into the town, there are white little houses from the shore and up the hillside. The small town is charming, a seemingly endless network of winding, sloping alleyways and nearly identical blue shuttered homes. Occasionally a small cat or nervous little dog scampered across the path, or a thick canopy of glowing flowers towered overhead.
We walked along the marina admiring the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea to the town center, which they call “Little Venice“. It’s a small cluster of restaurants and cafes sitting right on the water looking out to sea. We didn’t eat or drink there but strolled through it.
Here’s a piece of advice we heard: “If it’s a bit choppy, pick an inland table. The waves will spray the seats nearest the sea.”
We came across this tiny little church sitting on the edge of the water. Small enough to fit probably 20 people inside. It’s interesting to note that throughout the town of Mykonos, there are over 40 small churches, all maintained and holding a specific importance within the Greek Orthodox calendar.
The most famous of all the churches in the town of Mykonos is Paraportiani. The church dates back to the 15th century A.D. The name comes from the word “Porta” – Door, as it was built next to the entrance of a medieval castle in town that was unfortunately destroyed.
Some of the locals fish and food merchants set up along the water with carts of fresh fruit and flowers for sell.
When I think of Mykonos, my mind wanders to one of the most striking features of the island, the windmills set on the side of a hill overlooking the Aegean sea with whitewashed homes. Pristine whitewashed and looking like sentential guarding the town below. Cute little walking paths for streets that you can get lost in a minute, great little shops and a diverse group of cafes and bars. The most powerful feature of Mykonos is the colors. I don’t know if it’s because of the light or the white buildings for contrast but as you can see from the photos, the colors just seem more vivid and charming than almost anyplace that I’ve ever been.
While wondering the streets of Mykonos I came across a jewelry store that caught my eye Georgios & Co . One of my favorite things to do while traveling is “shopping”, especially for jewelry. Some of my best jewelry finds were out of the country. I’ve been searching for a wedding band for the past few years and never found one I really like that would match my ring. They had exactly what I wanted (white gold band with diamonds on the top). I was so excited about my ring that I found a matching bracelet to go with it. Let’s just say it was a very successful buy.
The island of Mykonos was unlike any place I had ever been, I felt instantly captivated, and quite safe and welcome. I can certainly recommend this island to anyone who wants to get the full Greek Isles experience!