M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E! Hello, kids, and welcome to the Greek version of Mickey’s Clubhouse! I didn’t actually find any Mouseketeers in Mykonos, but I did see a few rats. (Down by the pier) In any case, day number two of our Greek odyssey was spent on the enchanting island of Mykonos. The best part of Mykonos is the little island just off shore… the uninhabited isle of Delos, which is one of the most important archaeological sites in all Greece. This place is a MUST SEE spot, and contains numerous temples and buildings dating back to the 6th century B.C. (Delos is the mythical birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis.) There is no shade, so if you visit, bring a good hat and some bottled water!
Mykonos, as you have heard, is “party central.” The island is notoriously famous for wild dance parties and drunken festivals. Fortunately, most of these events take place at night (past my bedtime of 10 p.m.) so I missed all the fun. (Nothing like watching a group of German tourist regurgitate yogurt and wine.) During the daytime, you might want to visit one of the beaches, which are quite lovely. We spent the afternoon at a luxury hotel near Agios Giannis Beach, which is surrounded by wonderful tavernas. Be aware that some of the beaches cater to nude women. (I didn’t notice any of the men, but there might be a few.) I should also mention that naked Greek women are not very pleasant about posing for photographs. (Even when you tell them you work for National Geographic Magazine.)
Once you find a taverna, order a glass of ouzo and a plate or two of homemade meze. Stick with the basics (tzatziki, hummus, pita, moussaka, etc.) and you cannot go wrong. The food and wine on Mykonos is very good, and most of the prices are fair, except for a handful of tourist traps. (The “traps” are usually filled with tourists, so avoid them at all cost.) After you become intoxicated (but can still walk) head over to a spot called “Little Venice,” which is down by the main port. This is where you will find the famous windmills of Mykonos and the church of Paraportiani, the most photographed church on the island. They also have some wonderful tavernas down by the water, so grab some grilled octopus and another bottle of wine. (Hey, you only live once!)
I hope I spelled “octopus” correctly. I hate spelling errors. You mix up two letters and your whole blog post is urined.
By the way, Greek women are gorgeous, but the men leave much to be desired. (Not that I desired any men. That’s just a phrase.) Anyway, most of the men refuse to shave during the summer months, and there is apparently a shortage of deodorant on the island. Also, here are the reasons to have a man bun: NONE! There is literally no reason. Stop it.
So what else is new? Well, once again we were enthralled by the Princess of Portugal and Baron Lee, who jointly hosted another gala dinner party at their mansion in Round Rock. (There were NO joints, but plenty of barbecue.) Our special guests were the unofficial “Minnesota Goodwill Ambassadors,” Dr. Rick and Museum Mary. We dined on gourmet brisket and ribs, but alas, there was no potato salad. (Somebody forgot to check the bags!) Nevertheless, we had a marvelous evening. (Thank God you-know-who didn’t forget the beans!)
I was supposed to attend the new Monet exhibit last week, but I got my dates mixed up. (Nothing messes up your Friday like finding out it’s only Thursday.) I might give it another shot today, depending on the whether. (whether or not I have the time!) Monet is one of my favorite painters, and he always made a big “impression” on me. (I have to “brush up” on my art jokes!)
Well, time to head for my brunch date, so adios until next time. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please remember that you should never fret about getting old… not everyone gets the chance!
Love to all,