Monday, October 4, 2010

Greece 2010 - Mykonos


What a BEAUTIFUL day!! We had temps of about 80 degrees with not a cloud in the sky!!!

We awoke and had breakfast on board the ship before our meeting. The cruise director, Elisabeth, joined us for the life jacket/emergency meeting and she reviewed some basic ship info. We then reviewed some items on our Stonehill-list and had about 5 hours to enjoy the beautiful day on board our ship.

Some of our activities included: grabbing a chair on one of the many decks for sun and/or reading, a cooking demonstration by a singing chef, a Mr. Cruise Ship contest (we had no entries!), bingo, trivia and more! We also had a few options for lunch on board - and it was very good!

We then headed to the decks for a view of Mykonos as we neared shore and "parked". We gathered in the Metropolis Lounge and awaited our time for disembarkation. Buses brought us closer to the main section of the island so we could explore.

Many of our group took an optional excursion to Delios - Mary Joan is hard at work at a blog entry to tell us how that went!

They say that the Mykonos residents earn 80% of their living for the year during tourist season - and we can see why! These beautiful winding streets are lined with shops and tavernas and bars and more shops. From exquisite jewelry (someone spotted a necklace price at $25,040 Euro and someone else spotted a piece in the case they liked - until the $3,000 Euro price tag was revealed) and hand-made items to the typical souvenir spots.

The famous windmills of Mykonos were not to be missed - many have great photos! (By the way, technological difficulties do not allow us to post our photos for now - as soon as we have been granted access, look for our pictures!) And the sunset was one to behold!

Most of the day was spent at our own pace which was a nice change from the travels of yesterday. It made for a very relaxing and enjoyable first day in Greece for all!

Tomorrow we visit two islands and have excursions on both - so watch for some great posts (and hopefully some pics!).

Everyone says hello to family and friends back home - wish you were here!

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