Monday, August 13, 2012

Mythical Mykonos

Hi, everyone! Welcome to our third and final Greek adventure stop: MYKONOS!

Mykonos is one of the smallest islands in the Cyclades. It's a thriving island beach, getting about 900,000 tourists each year--a huge, huge number compared to the 5,000 residents that call it home. Needless to say, this island lives on tourism.

The beaches in Mykonos are fantastic. I've never seen beaches like that outside of the Philippines before (do you agree we've got the best here?).

What's more, they've weaved lots and lots of myth into their island and its beaches. Like, there's a story that Hercules slayed the giant here. Also, there's a story that goes, Zeus (father of all gods) turned a dragon into a rock when it threatened to harm Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty). This myth finds "evidence" in a couple of islands that are near enough to each other, one resembling a dragon and the other resembling breasts (the second island is thus named Breasts of Aphrodite).

Another myth is that a nearby island, Delos, is the birthplace of Apollo. So, this island is said to be the spiritual epicenter of the Aegean world long ago. Interestingly, scientists of today have made observations that this very island where Apollo was born is recorded to be the brightest spot on earth. Why is this interesting? Because Apollo is the god of sun/light!

But what I truly loved about Mykonos is their charming little town with a very traditional atmosphere. The winding streets (perfect for walking and getting lost!) are lined with interesting shops and great restaurants. From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the hills and slopes of the island dotted with whitewashed cube houses, windmills, and white churches with blue or red domes. Very Santorini lang... although the locals there say the two island beaches are so different from each other. Oh well, whatevs :)

Here's our day in photos. It was more of a date for me and Julz, that's why it's extra special for me. Honeymooners ang peg! Hehehe.
Ag Ioannis beach (St. John's beach)
Private chapel near Ag Ioannis beach
The white cube-shaped houses are built to adapt to the strong sunlight and winds the island gets. The top portion is to collect rainwater that the residents use in the summer time.
Behind me is the island named "Breasts of Aphrodite". What cup size kaya siya? Haha.
Monastery of Greek Orthodox religion
Mykonos Town

I loved our little tour of Mykonos. It was a nice break from all the history-heavy tours we were having. Sobrang relaxed and pa-feel good lang! It was also nice that I got to spend the whole day with Julz. We ate baklava, took photos of each other, walked along beaches, soaked our legs in the Aegean sea and just enjoyed the awesome views :)

And I must say, kilig na kilig ako when he didn't even take a second look at the Breasts of Aphrodite. What is loyalty diba? Hahahahaha!!!

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