Mykonos is an island that pulls you into its beauty. We left Athens at 7 in the morning and we were at the Mountain View Hotel at 10. I liked Kyra’s description of the taxi ride from the port to our hotel in Mykonos: a bit like the night bus scene in Harry Potter. If you haven’t read that particular volume or seen the movie, picture high speeds, curvy, treacherous roads with cars coming at you with same speed and intention of being FIRST. Yikes, harrowing would be an apt description.
As soon as the lady met us at the bottom of the driveway steps up to the impressive view of the Mykonos View Hotel, I knew this would be an amazing hotel. And it was. Their dining room had glass windows overlooking the gorgeous harbour below, and the view was panoramic.
We spent the day at the rooftop poolside bar. The pool and bar overlooked the harbour, and the massive cruise ships visiting for the day. On our last night, we dined here for dinner, and it was easily the best meal we had so far.
Mykonos is so beautiful, with that sickle shaped harbour of restaurants just waiting for my first order of tzatziki, pita bread, and a Mythos. There is Wi-Fi everywhere, which is great when you are just biding your time with a drink and snack, and want to plan out your next move. Which is likely to be only as far as the next restaurant.
Not many places close now in the heat of the afternoon. If you feel like wandering the winding flagged stone pathways, there is lots to look at or buy. I picked up a beautiful hand carved wooden necklace.
The next day we rented ATV’s with the girls sharing one. We went to Paradise beach, and spent a couple of hours there. It was my favourite beach of the few that we visited that day. We rented day loungers with umbrellas, and someone would come to take our drinks order. The water was that blue-green colour,and the crowd was young, and fit, and bronzed. Lots of people watching. The ATV’s were fun, but it was very hot, and after 6 hours, I was glad to turn mine in, and travel back to the hotel on my own two feet.
Mykonos sunsets are famous for their round blood-orange-red drop-into-the-sea-moment. Every night we were able to witness this spectacular sight. It’s funny, because you try and take pictures of so many of the moments that represent Greece, whether it’s the harbours with the colourful sailboats, or cruise ships lit up at night, pulling out to head to their next port of call, or the beach with crashing waves, and a camera cannot do it justice. It is lucky that we are blessed with panoramic vision, and that we have the ability to remember. And while I will remember the sunsets, and the beaches, and the windmills, and the pathways through the winding streets, it is smaller things that make me smile. The memory of our first encounter with a little lizard determined to creep under our hotel door and join us inside (we don’t have lizards in Vancouver, sadly). The kittens that would greet us every morning on our way down to breakfast, and that would wind around our legs wanting a tidbit or two. The sight of my girls sharing an ATV, with Kyra holding the Go-Pro high above her head, both of them smiling and laughing at something they saw (including their mom behind them no doubt). My husband sitting patiently at a bar having a local beer, while the girls shopped.
We were in Mykonos for three days, just the right amount of time. Our next stop would be Santorini, and I was really looking forward to this island, as it was my favourite from many years ago.