Location: Athens -> Mykonos, Greece
When I was planning my RTW for Greece, going to the Greek islands wasn’t in my list because
- I do not like getting sunburnt
- I do not like warm sea water
- I do not like to party
In short, I’m a terrible island tourist.
But when I was in Athens, I found out about some cheap island packages to Santorini and Mykonos. It was cheaper than me trying to cobbling up everything from scratch so I decided to give one of the Greek islands a try.
That, plus my 1-week Athens transport pass was expiring.
The travel agent picked Mykonos for me to fit my bus schedule. I’m kind of wary about Mykonos because I heard that it’s a party island.
But when I arrived in Mykonos, I realized that I like the island is not just about partying.
Follow the black tar road to Mykonos
My hotel is quite far from the city center. It’s a 1.5km journey, according to the hotel. There are buses to town but they come at an hourly interval.
After checking into the hotel, I took a long rest before heading out at 4:00pm. I thought that 4 hours in town would be enough and I would be able to head back before sunset.
The road to town was easy enough. I just had to follow the coastal road till I reach the populated area.
The walk was lovely. On the right were the cliff and the beautiful multi-coloured Aegean Sea. On the left, there were hotels built in the white Mediterranean style.
Of course, I would get jealous of people riding their monster scooters or driving their cars past me. I had to rely on Bus 11 (my two legs) instead of a private transport.
Beautiful Mykonos town
Mykonos’s town center is painted with a limited selection of colors. White was predominant as all walls were as white as bleached cotton. Doors, door frames and window frames were painted blue while churches had red dome roofs.
The limited color made the whole town beautiful. No building was competing with others for attention. Some buildings had green vines while others had bursts of bougainvillea framed by its green leaves.
The streets were narrow. All the time I did not know where I was going but it didn’t matter because I will find my way when I get to the sea.
I did want to find a particular restaurant that was recommended on Tripadvisor. My Google Maps took me into tinier and tinier lanes until I finally saw the shop.
I ordered two pitas: pork gyro and pork souvlaki, since I did not have lunch.
The restaurant owner must have thought that I was getting a takeaway for someone else as well because he had my order tucked into a aluminium wrap.
I was too embarrassed to say that I was the only one who will be eating the two wraps so I paid my bill and went to find a picnic spot.
Maybe having the picnic was a better choice since I had the view of the sea while I munched away at my pita wraps. That would keep me satisfied till tomorrow morning.
After my meal, there was more walking. I eventually stumbled upon the famous windmills and Little Venice. This means that I will have less to tick off my check list tomorrow.
No swimming in the sea
I decided to go swim in the sea when I got back to the hotel. There’s a tiny patch of seawater in front of the hotel, near the yatch docks.
When I got to the water, I realized that the sea was freezing cold. The sun was about to set so there was no rays to heat up the water.
In the end I just looked at the bottom of the sea. The water was so clear that I could see tiny fishes swimming about.
There were also some sea plants so I figured that not many people swim in this part of the sea.
Same as always, I head back to my room as night fell. Tomorrow I’m going to the island where Apollo was said to be born.