Leon and I have been talking about visiting Greece for a long time. We decided to take a three week holiday and explore the Greek islands.
We left Vancouver headed to Athens via Montreal. The flight was uneventful except that the plane leaving Montreal was only partially full. Unfortunately, we didn’t move quickly enough to claim an empty row which would have allowed us to lie down during the 9 hour flight. As it was, we sat up and I managed to get about 20 minutes of sleep.
We arrived in Athens at 11:00am to a hot and bright day. Our hotel, although modest, was located perfectly between the Port of Rafina and a city beach. Leon bought me a lemonade at the beach and we sat enjoying the colour of the water. After a brief afternoon nap, we walked to the port and picked up our tickets for Mykonos. Dinner was a generous portion of assorted fish, tomato and black olive salad and potatoes at a seaside restaurant. Nothing fancy but after missing lunch, it was welcomed. The ouzo was complimentary, by the way. I understand that is customary after one pays the bill. How nice!
I tried to get a good night’s sleep but I found myself waking up several times to finally just give up on sleeping after 5am. Jet lag is always a problem for me and the fact that I am just too excited to sleep!
We skipped breakfast and made our way to the ferry nice and early. After a 4 hour sail, we arrived in Mykonos, our first island stop for this holiday. We took a sea bus from the new port into the town, then walk through the maze like alleys toward the taxi and bus stand. It should have been a 7 minute walk, but it was indeed a maze. By the time we got to the transit plaza, Leon came up with the great idea that we should rent a quad to get up to our hotel which was about 2km further up the road. Brilliant!
We got our small luggage on board and arrived at destination quickly. As soon as we got off the quad, we noticed how windy it was. And I mean windy with a capital W! Like a gale much of the time. The pool was sheltered behind a glass wall, but that made no difference. In fact, it was unpleasant to sit outside in that area. Walking was nearly impossible without hanging on to each other!
We checked into our room and made our way back down the hill to a market which was managed by a nice Greek/Canadian lady. I was very thankful to find gluten free crackers and a few other products. We then had a late lunch at the beachfront taverna before going back to the hotel for a swim in the pool. Well, at least Leon swam. I just sat in the lounger and watched. The wifi was great so we decided to catch up on some computer time and retire early. Once again sleep eluded me, mostly due to the sound of the wind shaking our door and window. Sheesh!
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What an adventure! We wanted an island vacation with lots of cruising but on our own terms. This story is not about cruise ships. It’s about making your own itinerary and discovering a world on your own schedule.
Lovely to read about the start of your adventure. I’ve always loved Greece and have written some about it on my blog too. Athens has so much history it’s just amazing!!
A great start to your holiday, even if sleeping is an issue. Don’t worry, you can sleep when you get home. Hopefully that has sorted itself out now. Complimentary Ouzo sounds like a good idea.
Never been to Greece! Any language problems? We’ll be watching for your future posts!
It is fantastic! So many beautiful islands! We have no language issues. Many speak English. Lots of Italians here and Frnch too. We’ve heard Athens is not as nice but have not seen signs of economic problems here so far.
Glad to see you’re still having “adventures”! Always love reading your blogs even if I seldom make a comment. I leave that for Lucien to do. 🙂
A lot more coming up. It’s just hard to post at times, so I am writing and saving it up. Hope you are well.