Ruby Princess – Mykonos
On Day 8 of our Princess Cruise we docked in the early morning (1 AM) at the port of Mykonos. Long known for it’s nightlife, music, and parties, the island was “rocking” when we pulled in. Hundreds of passengers clambered ashore to partake in the festivities. This was our first trip to Mykonos and we too were eager to get ashore.
We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, and my wife … the shopping! There are innumerable boutiques, restaurants, jewelry stores, souvenirs, taverns and cafés. Mykonos was one of the first Greek Islands to become an international travel destination.
As we walked through town, we met Petros the Pelican. “Petros” has been the official mascot of Mykonos for over 50 years. The original Petros took up permanent residence on the island after a storm in 1954. After his death the islanders elected a successor to carry on his legacy… and he walks through the streets of the city, gathering a crowd.
The Mykonos windmills are a defining feature and everyone heads here to get a photo. There are windmills all over the island, but these are the famous “Kato Mili” in Chora., They stand a hill overlooking the sea, catching the northern winds. It’s believed the original windmills were built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour. Many have been refurbished and restored.
There are plenty of spots to eat and drink here on the island. With warm breezes and beautiful locale, an excellent place to stop and reflect!
We truly enjoyed our time on Mykonos – and we have hundreds of photographs. The town was welcoming, pristine, and inviting. Certainly another location we will return to spend more time. We boarded the Ruby Princess and enjoyed magnificent views as we departed the island.
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