Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
21Trip End May 20, 2012
Mykonos has become a very popular Greek island for tourists with nearly 1 million visitors each year. It even has an international airport. The island has over 1600 churches and chapels. It is said that in the olden days when fishermen were hit with storms, they prayed for their safe return back to the island, and in return for their safety, they promised to build a church. Most are family churches holding 10-25 people.
All the homes must be the white wash. You are allowed to paint your window frames and doors any color you wish as long as it is blue
It’s very easy to get lost as you walk the narrow streets (one was 14 inches wide) with all their twists and turns. But, then again, that’s half the fun! In fact, we saw several t-shirts with "Lost in Mykonos" logos.
Jackie Onassis was a frequent visitor to Mykonos. She was beloved by the townspeople. She would book all of the restaurants along the harborside a couple times a year and invite everyone for dinner.
The Mykonos windmills are a landmark today. They were used to make flour out of barley so they could bake bread.
One eccentric oddity about Mykonos is its pelican. The pelican, Petros I, was caught in a fisherman’s net in 1955 and was adopted by the people of Mykonos. The Petros we saw today was either number 3 or 4. He’s allowed to wander the streets and is their mascot of sorts.
We enjoyed our day. Tomorrow it is back to Kusadasi, Turkey.