Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 – Mykonos, Greece

      We decided not to take a tour today, just walk around the town.  A shuttle bus was provided for us to get to the smaller dock in town.  Our captain decided to go full steam ahead during the night so we could be at the dock and not tender.  It was a very pretty area to walk around.  We were standing outside the Internet when a couple walked by and said if we could make it, there was a beautiful view from the top.  Up we went.  We met a couple of guys and talked to them for a few minutes while we rested.  They told us to turn right up ahead and we would reach a windmill.  We made it and it was beautiful.

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 IMG_5171 This is one of my favorite photos.  I’m going to try to paint it when I get home.  LOL

    The shops were fun to browse through and the shopkeepers were very friendly.  I spent some time in the Internet cafe.  It seems there is no fee to use the Internet if you purchase something.

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     Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan of all Geek Islands and attracts so many visitors from all over the globe including large number of artists and intellectuals.  Here the steep mountains to be encountered in most of the Cyclades give way to low, rocky hills, which combine with superb beaches to make up the landscape of the island.  The capital, Hora, with its colorful harbor in which little fishing-boats nestle happily side by side with luxury yachts, presents quite  different picture from the majority of Aegean island towns  While it is usual for island villages to be built on naturally amphitheatrical sites, Mykonos is spread out over a flat area and conveys an impression of solid esthetic cohesion.  Along the whitewashed streets stand brilliant white box-shaped houses with stepped walls for sitting on, wooden doors and windows with brightly colored balconies.  These are interspersed with small but impressive churches, pretty little taverns, and shops selling souvenirs and other goods.  The labyrinth design of the streets were intended to confuse the pirates who plagued Mykonos town in the 18th century.  Many Greek and international celebrities have summer residences in Mykonos.  The island is also one of the most upscale areas of Greece, and its real estate is very expensive.

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     At dinner, Louie was our waiter.  He called us by our names.  When you are seated, they ask you your cabin number and check you name and then print it out.  When I asked Louie how he knew my name, he said they gave it to me.  That was a first.  We saw the movie, The Pink Panther 2 in the Stardust Theater tonight.  It was very funny.

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