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My first thought when Mykonos came into view from the ferry was 'oh wow! this is what I've been waiting for'. I couldn't wait to get out and explore, the architecture is just so different to anything I've seen before, and I loved it....a photographer's dream ☺

I was thrilled with my hotel too, it's built in the traditional style, and totally unique on the inside and out. It's family owned and the hospitality I was shown was hands down the best I've had at any hotel on this trip to date.

Mykonos is windy, maybe even windier than Wellington, but it's a warm wind, and it didn't bother me, I got used to it quickly, and actually found it quite refreshing.

The food is to die for, exceptionally fresh and really tasty, I've been trying some of the local specialties ....olives taste really different here, they are much stronger than the ones we get in NZ.

I got lost on my first excursion on foot from the hotel..... nothing new with that. ...I felt a bit stupid as Mykonos isn't exactly big, but in my defence there are no street signs and the houses do look similar to one another!

The architecture in Mykonos is mainly influenced by the Cyclades region. Buildings on Mykonos need to be able to cope with intense and extended sun exposure, strong winds, high humidity levels, and long periods without rain. This is where the Cycladic architecture of cubic shapes and flat roofs for protection from the strong winds comes in. The northern sides of the houses all have small openings for ventilation and the stone walls help with cooling, and the white-washed walls minimise the absorption of heat. All very effective and pretty at the same time. The windmills and domed chapels were just too pretty for words.

I took the boat trip out to Delos Island - it's an archaeological site, and also according to Greek mythology the birthplace of Apollo. I joined a walking tour with a local guide, and was really glad I did, the history of the island is really interesting. The boat trip itself was really nice too, a half hour each way from Mykonos. It cost E$20 for the boat, E$12 for entry onto the island due to it's museum status and E$10 for the local guide. I found it well worth it.

I have to catch local buses from time to time. That's an experience in itself. There are so many scooters and quad bikes on the roads in Mykonos, it really is quite crazy. I couldn't get over how many people ride without helmets too. Anyway - the bus - they like to cram them full, and they're a bit rickety - so I don't really like going on them, but the drivers seem good at their job, and we've always arrived at our destination safely -so whew! I always thank the driver when I get off the bus - but I've noticed NO-ONE else does!!!

Posted by Julie's blog 09:50 Archived in Greece

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