Aug 8

Sailing Greece: Syros

After a few days in Mykonos we were so happy to get out on the open seas. The sailing weather was perfect and it was so exciting when they turned off the engines and unfurled the sails. We headed toward Syros, just a few hours away. Sailing was so great, we would stop in open waters and take a swim. We also saw some kids cliff jumping and stopped the boat to join them. (I jumped!) Syros has one large town and lots of small towns. We LOVED this island, so much that we decided to stay an extra day. It was big enough that there were things to do but it doesn’t get the tourist traffic of an island like Mykonos. On Syros we: rented scooters, ate at an amazing restaurant on top of a mountain, watched the sunset in the beautiful village of Kini, and explored the capital Ermoupolis after dark. If you go: don’t miss dinner at Plakostroto on the mountain (go before the sunset.) And dinner at Two Cicadas on the Armirikia Tree in Kini was amazing.

all photos by Paul Ferney and Rebecca Wright

In case you missed it here is my post on Mykonos.

 

Aug 3

Sailing Greece: Mykonos

We started our sailing trip in Mykonos. It is big enough that it has an airport but it is far enough away from Athens that the other islands nearby are remote so it was a good place to start our trip. Paul and I got in a day early and stayed at the Elena Hotel, which I highly recommend (thanks Amy for the tip). Here are some pictures from our time spent on Mykonos. My friends like to explore everything so as soon as we would get to an island we would rent scooters and see as much as we could. Some of the things we did on Mykonos: we went to four beaches most were party beaches but we did find a sweet one called Agrari that was a little quieter and had a beautiful cove. There are churches everywhere and they looked so pretty on all the hills. Everyday we would try to find somewhere special to watch the sunset. Not to be dramatic but the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen were there on Mykonos. The town is a party town so there is lots to do up into the wee hours of the morning. My friends Rebecca and Derek tried the “fish spa” where you put your feet into the water and all the little fishies eat the dirt off your feet. It gave me the willies, so I just watched. The last morning on Mykonos we took a quick ferry over to the neighboring island Delos, which had some beautiful ruins. We tried lots of recommended restaurants, and the food wasn’t bad but nothing super memorable. We loved getting to know Mykonos but the smaller more remote islands were by far my favorite.

all photos by Paul Ferney and Charlotte Beck