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Sep 17, 2017 - Mykonos

When I had booked the cruise the stop was supposed to be in Turkey but with the unrest it was changed to Mykonos. This is the only place I did not schedule a tour in. We had many choices, we could go to Delos (a small island off Mykonos), we could do a beach day or we could do nothing and explore Mykonos on our own. We choose the later. When you got off the ship there was a water taxi for a couple of Euros to take you into Mykonos as the ship docks on one side of the bay and the town is on the other side. Mykonos is a place of narrow...

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Nov 9, 2016 - Crete

My cold has blossomed over the last two days. No fun. However, we are in Crete, with strong winds blowing over from Africa raising the temperature to 29 degrees. Goes great with a slight fever! We are staying in the Lato Boutique Hotel In Heraklion near the airport where we landed, and after some miss-steps managed to collect our pre-booked rental car, thanks to Sharon. Our first day was spent touring most parts of the east end of the Island from north to south. The second day we travelled south, then west, then north, then back to...

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Nov 7, 2016 - Touring and leaving Mykonos

Yesterday we took a local bus to the central town of Ano Meros. It was Sunday and off season so most places are closed on the island. The dry, rocky, mountainous landscape was interesting for us to compare with lush B.C. We wandered around the town for an hour and a half, checking out the Greek Orthodox Monastery, the town square where the entire population appeared to spill into after church, some side streets of open fields and sporadically placed white Adobe Greek houses, the Air Force station, and some minor shops. We couldn't find...

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Nov 5, 2016 - Delos

We literally wended our way through the labyrinthine alley ways of Mykonos, from our hotel to the harbour, where we purchased 20 Euro tickets for the half hour boat ride to the Island of Delos. There were only 12 of us tourists in this off season, so we had plenty of room and enjoyed the 21 degree sunshine from the top deck. Delos is supposedly the birthplace of Apollo, and was once the economic and power centre of the Mediterranean. It is dated to the Bronze Age. The only inhabitants are the government contracted archeological staff who...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Mykonos Greece - Jewel of the Seas

Our next port was Mykonos. The sun was shining today, the first time since we set sail. We took a tour here. Our first stop was a winery where we sampled 3 wines, all of which were too sweet for our tastes. We had a good Greek salad though and some tasty bread and cheese. We also met Oscar the dachshund who has really big, sad brown eyes that he puts to good use when begging. Roger found a garden of peppers, including habaneros. The grapes were grown differently than they are back in the States. The plants must be kept low to the ground...

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Retired at Last!

Jun 7, 2016 - Mykonos!

We're in Greece! I've waited a loong time to get here. We had a perfect breakfast seat at the restaurant this morning and weren't in a hurry. We had nothing booked, and we didn't arrive in Mykonos until 9:30 am. Tenders were to start at 9:45 and we knew to wait until later so the people with booked shore excursions could get off first. I wandered down to the place to pick up tickets about 10:30.....and was given a tender ticket on boat number 51..and they were currently calling boats 5 and 6. We'll be lucky to be there by lunch time. Went...

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Oct 7, 2015 - Mykonos

Sunday, October 4 We awoke early to walk to the ferry terminal at Piraeus for our 7:30 am trip to Mykonos. Our ferry is the Blue Star Paros, one of several slow ferries. These boats, unlike the faster catamarans or sea jets, provide a leisurely voyage where you can spend time on open decks if you wish to watch the sea and assorted islands pass by. These boats are huge, with first class and stateroom sections, several air lounges with assigned seating which are like jet airplanes, and ample economy seating indoors or outdoors, with snack...

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Greek Odyssey 2015

Sep 13, 2015 - Well Shiver Me Timbers and Blow Me Down

When we went down to breakfast we ran into Ron and Elaine from Australia. We sat with them for breakfast. They have been here since yesterday and have rented a car to drive around the island. They don’t know how big it is as there are lots of small smart cars here. They asked us if we wanted to join them for a drive around the island if the car is big enough. The car was big enough and Ron did a great job driving considering it was the right side of the road and not the left side and that the roads are very narrow and people drive very fast...

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Greece is the Word

Sep 12, 2015 - Immigrants or Boat People

Up early to get to the ferry for the 5 hour trip to Mykonos. There was really nothing in the breakfast room to eat. Good thing we bought some bananas and snacks yesterday for the ferry. The transfer guide told us we can sit anywhere (except I would guess Business class). We went to one of the “air sitting” areas. Sat down and Heather left to look for something and some fat European guy told me I was sitting in their seats (He was probably French) that ours were on the other side of the aisle. I got in an argument with him because he really...

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Greece is the Word

Jun 17, 2015 - Mykonos

Wednesday, June 17th. Our ship docked at Mykonos at 7:00 am. I missed it because I slept until 10 am. Athens really knocked me out. My left hip and leg were also giving me some problems. Again we slummed on the ship all day eating, drinking, reading, sunning and just enjoying being on the water. I enjoyed watching the activity around the dock and on the Island. Nice white buildings, glistening in the sun. Just what I had expected to see in Greece.

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May 8, 2015 - Delos

We went by ferry to the island of Delos this morning to see more ruins. The windy island of Mykonos lived up to it's name and it has been blowing all day making the ferry ride a bit bumpy but no one was sic! The archeological site of Delos is unique as it is located on a small rocky island that is 5 km long and just 1300 metres wide. Among the rocks are a multitude of spring flowers. The actual site has sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo and his sister Artemis withe the ruins of a ancient Hellenistic cit around it - population of about 30,000...

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Mamma Mia Tour

May 7, 2015 - Exploring Mykonos

A beautiful day again. After a delicious breakfast at the hotel we were picked up for our island and city tour. Since the island is only 11 km by 15 km it is easy to do in a morning. We headed out of town first and visited an abandoned lifghthouse that was built in 1896. The views of the town and surrounding islands were nice. The terrain is rocky and very dry. Our guide told us it will be very brown by the end of summer so this is a good time as there is a bit of Greenland colouful spring flowers. From there we went to a small village with...

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Mamma Mia Tour

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