Somewhere Between Windmills and Little Venice: Mykonos

Mykonos is chic. Everyone here is very trendy, they go to beaches with sushi bars, look for restaurants that they think are “posh,” and pay about 25 euro for a drink. Very different than the life I lead, but it’s very interesting to see how different Mykonos is from Santorini. While Santorini was very quaint, I would describe Mykonos as very glam, which makes for great people watching, but also empty wallets after your first few hours in the town. Feathers, sequins, gold, wealth, and a big gay scene describes the atmosphere but seems separate from the cute white and blue pathways with shops that surround our villa.

We’re staying right between the famous historical windmills that are up on a hill right above the water, and Little Venice, which is a strip of elegant restaurants along the Aegean Sea. I found our villa in Fabrica from looking at Pinterest articles but thankfully, I don’t think I could’ve picked a better place to stay. We are right in town, so we are close to restaurants and shops, but the beauty of the water is just a minute away. We are also 2 minutes from the bus stop, which is very convenient when going to the beach, as there are buses that run every half an hour for each beach.

Our hotel room is simple but has everything we need. The language barrier between Bridget and I & the staff doesn’t make it easy, but we are settled in our room. It’s definitely been important to double check payments while I’ve been in Europe, whether it’s been from taxi drivers, shop owners, or hotel owners. The owners of the villa here were charging us the full price but I had to remind them that I’d already paid for one night in the original deposit. So, a note for future traveling – stay on top of all expenses.

After arriving in Mykonos and unpacking, Bridget and I decided to look for a place to eat dinner. It took longer than expected to find a reasonably priced place that had food we could both agree on without getting distracted by the fashionable shops, but our walk toward dinner took us past the windmills that were glowing beneath the sunset, and by the crashing waves that made their way all the way up to the patio’s of the outside eating area at the Little Venice Restaurants. We finally picked a place right outside of Little Venice, because we decided it was too windy to be right on the water. We ate at Paraportiani’s, where Bridget ordered Baklava for desert to try and embrace the culture. We both enjoyed our meals and after checking out some more shops (they don’t close until about 1 a.m.) we went to bed early, tired from our travels.

The next morning we woke up, grabbed a simple breakfast, and found a bus to Ornos, a beach recommended by a local that was said to be less crowded than the well-known “Paradise Beach.” Ornos was very different than I had imagined. Everyone was dressed to the nines and sat on couches smoking their cigarettes and ordering cocktails. Bridget and I tried to get two chairs under an umbrella, but seeing that would be about 30 euro each, we went for the sun instead. We spent our day laying out, people watching and dipping in the clear water, although we did find even this beach to be extremely crowded. It is peak season, being August in Mykonos.

When we got back to Fabrica, we watched the sunset in front of the windmills over the water, which was a stunning view. People came out of their white restaurants and homes to watch the sun go down and clapped as it set. After the last sliver of the sun went down, we sat down for dinner in town at Kosta’s, which was a very personable restaurant.

Mykonos is known for it’s nightlife, so I’m excited to see what that has to offer. It is very different here from the small Italian towns that I’ve gotten used to, but it’s amazing finally being in the place I’ve always wanted to see.

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