We just had a whirlwind trip to Mykonos. We arrived late at night and were greeted by Giannis who drove us back to our hotel, Sourmeli Garden. There we were greeted by Giannis’ whole family and offered tea and cake (which his daughter Maria made). It felt so nice to be welcomed into someone’s home like that (they live at the hotel in another building). When you travel I find that the smallest kindness means so much more. Their kindness continued and helped make our stay a memorable one.
Giannis, Amy, and their children Maria and Dimitri’s
Breakfast area at the hotel
Then walkway to our room
We only had two nights in Mykonos. So our first night was just arriving and out for dinner.
Mykonos is an island known for its beaches and partying. So that’s exactly what we did! The next morning we woke up and headed to the beach. We took a bus there that dropped us off at Platys Gialos beach. Giannis had told us not to stay there. So we walked past this super crowded touristy beach along a path to a quieter beach, Agia Anna. I felt like we had this secret and everyone else at the busy beach was a chump! To make our beach even better, it had a great taverna called Nikolas to eat lunch at. So we enjoyed a lovely day at the beach with hot sun, soft sand, and delicious food.
Our view as we walked to the beach
Quiet Agia Anna beach
Mom and Anna being beach bums
That night we had dinner and then went dancing. I haven’t danced in a long time and it felt good! We found the perfect bar that played great music. I wish bars in Ottawa played that good of music. So we danced the night away to great beats with the nice Greek wind blowing through the doors.
It was a quick glimpse into Mykonos but was just as I expected it to be: crowded with people (you could barely walk through its windy streets at night), all new and pretty, super touristy, and fun for partying. Personally it is not my type of island, but I still enjoyed myself and am happy we went.
One thing that surprised me however was how windy it was. Apparently it’s called the windy island but I feel like you never hear people mention that. While we were waiting for our ferry to head to Naxos, the wind was soooo strong . . .
Our windy wait and me wearing a babushka
Well our trip is halfway done :’( But stay tuned there’s still more to come!