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Mykonos, Greece

Emerald Princess in port.

Thank goodness we were not scheduled to dock in Mykonos until noon. The last few days were pretty tiring, especially after walking miles in the sun so we slept in until 8am and had a nice leisurely breakfast on the ship. We watched as the ship entered the port of Mykonos — the side of the island is quite barren, mostly rocks and dirt, with very little vegetation. There are gleaming white homes with blue shutters and doors growing out of the rocks all over the island — very Mediterranean looking! When the ship docked, there was a complimentary shuttle from the dock to the Yacht Club in town a little over a mile away, but we decided to walk it instead. The road turned out to be a bit challenging as there is no real sidewalk and it’s very narrow in most places, but we managed not to get run over by any vehicles — which were mainly the shuttle buses going back and forth.

Walking downtown from the port

Once downtown we walked through the streets of Mykonos for the afternoon, with no real plan or agenda. Most of the streets are extremely narrow, made of cobblestone, and seem to wind in random directions. It’s hard to imagine these streets are open for cars, but tourists and cars both shared the road. Most of downtown consists of stores full of souvenirs, art, clothes, and restaurants. One of the few things to see on Mykonos (apart from the beaches and town) is the windmills, so we randomly walked the streets trying to get there. It’s very easy to get lost, which we did for a while. Eventually we arrived, looked around for a bit, and started wandering back towards town. Most of Mykonos is very beautiful and there are great photo opportunities everywhere. We had planned for this to be our “easy day” since there weren’t any major sights we wanted to see, so after getting a feel for Mykonos, we took the bus back to the ship to relax some more.

The windmills of Mykonos

After dinner we tried our hand at the 80s music trivia contest. I was a bit annoyed that we were only able to answer 15 of the 20 questions correctly, but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. I keep forgetting that “my 80s” — New Wave stuff like Depeche Mode and Erasure — isn’t the same as most people’s 80s — Michael Jackson, Flashdance, etc. Kathie then tried her hand at Let It Ride at the casino but not surprisingly, the casino was the winner.

Everything on Mykonos is white. I mean, really, really white. How does everything get so white?

Oooohhhh, that’s why everything’s white.

Did I mention that everything is white?

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