Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 Grand World Voyage, Day 192, Mykonos, Greece

Our day started at 3am...left for Istanbul Airport at 3:45 am as we were on an international flight to Mykonos via Athens.  Based on the airport gridlock we witnessed on our arrival at Istanbul last night we wanted to make sure we had sufficient time to check in, clear immigration exit controls and security. The flight from Istanbul was delayed an hour so things got a little tense for us to make our connection in Athens.  Luckily baggage claim, Immigration, Customs and Security went like clockwork and we made the connection with time to spare.  Turkish Airlines is rated one of the top airlines in the world...we were not impressed today.  On a positive note, we had outstanding and safe trip to Turkey?  On our arrival in Mykonos, we checked into the hotel and went on a walking tour.  The last time I was in Mykonos was in 1974 and was anxious to see what changes had been made.  The hotel overlooks the iconic Windmills of Mykonos.  Our hotel is located in the Alejandra area and was a downhill walk to Chora city center, the Windmills, Little Venice and the Old Port area.  The windmills overlooking Little Venice date back to the 16th century when islanders used wind power to grind grain, while they are no longer operational, they stand as a monument to early innovation. The views here are spectacular: From this hilltop perch, you can see the postcard views of Little Venice, Chora and the harbor in the distance. Today, many of the historic homes have been transformed into a variety of cozy restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs, making this a bustling place at all hours of the day. We stopped for a relaxing and exceptional lunch of my favorite Greek food in the old port area.  Ann, Cathy, Jane, Bill had a very relaxing afternoon meandering the quaint streets and shopping along the way.  By the way, I was able to recant memories of Mykonos from younger days in Greece.  Currently, we have no plans for tomorrow...will play it by ear.


1 comment:

  1. Jeff

    Thanks for the photos and commentary. Very timely for us as The Eastern Mediterranean is gradually working it's way up on our "bucket list" (just back from Australia/New Zealand). Both your interest and photos make quite a statement and we thank you for that.

    Bill and Carolyn