In June I finished a tour of eight European countries, Austria to Turkey and mostly along the Dalmatian coast with a brief cruise of the Greek Islands. Mykonos was the last island on the cruise before ending the trip in Athens, Greece. I chose Mykonos for this "catching light" post because the day we spent on the island offered countless opportunities to photograph brilliant light--blue skies and sea, white cube-shaped houses glittering in the sun.
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Here are some of the best sights from my tour of the harbor and town, including the lime washed cubical buildings with their blue accents and flat terrace roofs:
Mykonos has many churches, most very small. In the past churches were built on sites to avoid paying taxes--example the small sanctuary middle left. The large free form church is the Paraportiani and is quite unique as it is a blending of five churches each with different architecture:
Here are some common sights walking along the harbor: fishing boat, the Alexandria Restaurant by the sea, an old anchor, fresh seafood (including octopus which is pounded and then hung to dry from fishing boats before preparing) and a playful dog making a pest of himself on the beach:
Streets are narrow and paved with flat stones that are painted white all around. The white-washed buildings are accented with colorful doors, windows, and balconies. Blooming bougainvillea, oleander, hibiscus, and fuchsia tumble over walls and balconies.
The windmill is a classic symbol of Mykonos. At one time the windmills were used for grinding grain. Now they are part of the character of the island. Notice the Barbie pink scooter lower right!
These final shots are of the setting sun over the Aegean Sea as we walked back to our ship along the harbor: