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Being Welcomed by Petros the Pelican at Mykonos Town

After our stop in fantastic Santorini, we made our way to the equally awesome island of Mykonos for the wedding of Monicca’s childhood friend. Legend has it that this island is the site of Zeus’ battle against his father, Cronus, and the Titans.

Today, Mykonos is known as one of Europe’s clubbing and nightlife capitals (along with Ibiza), and also has the distinction of being THE ultimate gay destination in Europe.


Catamaran

* Taking the Catamaran (a really fast sea vessel) to Mykonos from the port of Santorini took around 3 hours, which I happily took to do some leisure reading.



Yiannaki Hotel

* We stayed at the very comfortable, Yiannaki Hotel, located in Ornos Beach. I must say, in this whole Greek trip, we were lucky to have had such excellent accommodations: with helpful staff, great food and most important, free wifi!


Mykonos Town

* Though the public parking for the town is a pleasant 15-minute walk away, one can hardly complain when THIS is your view!


Mykonos Town

* Sunbathers lounging by the shore, on the way towards the town. Everyone here is just on holiday mode!


Mykonos Town

* View of the Mykonos town port with its range of sea vessels ranging from million-dollar super yacht, to a kayak.


Mykonos Town

* It was common to see world-wide mega-fashion brands tucked in the narrow streets of the town. Of course, the fiancee and her aunt went crazy.


Mykonos Town

* Also popular here are yogurt-shoppes, cafes and creperies with Nutella-filled goodies.


Mykonos Ibiza

* The regulars in Mykonos REALLY take their rivalry with Ibiza seriously!


Mykonos Louis Vuitton

* Home base for the women of our party!! Don’t let that exterior fool you, the inside looks eerily similar to the LV store along Champs Elysees, albeit smaller!


Mykonos Town

* While the women were feasting their eyes (and wallets) on the branded merchandise, this writer decided to explore these two churches nearby. Yes, those are two churches across from each other. I LOVE Greece!


Mykonos Town

* I don’t think I’m ever disappointed with what I find inside an Orthodox Church. All these random colors just seem to make sense when you see them together!


Mykonos Town

* Even more amazing was this store next door selling the most eye-opening collection of icons, relics, incense, crosses and figures! Hey, the fiancee has her Louis Vuitton, I have my religious iconography!


Souvlaki Mykonos

* At this point, I had been missing the Pork Souvlaki from Obelix in Santorini; hence I got this Souvlaki in this quaint restaurant by the shore. Not too shabby!


Mykonos Windmills

* No visit to Mykonos would ever be complete without seeing the famous Mykonos Windmills! Built by the Venetians, when they used to run this part of the world, the area is now everyone’s favorite spot for sunset-watching.


Mykonos Windmills

* Conversely, no couple trip would ever be complete without a couple picture (or a hundred). "No honey, let’s not do a jumping shot, let’s just do this nice standing one over there." 



Little Venice Mykonos

* Down the road from the Windmills is the area known as Little Venice, this picturesque and breezy strip lined with bars and cafes, and the perfect place in the island for cocktail-drinking.


Little Venice Mykonos

* The fiancee looking beautiful with Little Venice at the background. Tourists who want a more chill and lounge-y atmosphere congregate here at night as this place has a much more relaxed vibe compared to the clubbing meccas of Paradise beach and (the awesomely-named) Super Paradise beach.


Little Venice Mykonos

* Colorful balconies hanging on houses standing like a wall against the sea. Don’t let the picture fool you, the waves here are pretty strong!


Mykonos Town

* Since Mykonos is a nightlife capital of Europe, shopping here extends till midnight. This definitely came in handy when I had to buy h2o and had the urge to buy Paprika-flavored Pringles!


Mykonos Town

* It’s amazing how the streets you walk in the daytime, look very different at night. 


Petros the Pelican

* An added bonus to our trip was seeing the official mascot of Mykonos, Petros the Pelican! Known to just wander along the shore and sometimes the town itself, Petros supposedly brings good luck to those who do see him.


Mykonos Town

* And the town comes alive at midnight! Whether it’s to grab a cocktail or socialize in Little Venice, have a late dinner by the port, or just stroll along the dimly-lit alleyways of this charming place, Mykonos has something for you! 

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