Join Thor and me on another ferry ride from Naxos to Mykonos at the hub of the Cyclades (“circle”) islands.
NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.
Mykonos in recent decades has become “party central” for the rich and famous as they arrive in their yachts, along with less affluent travelers thronging ashore via ferries. The main harbor town of Chora is a maze of whitewashed cubic buildings and narrow cobbled lanes, and I can testify that it’s easy to get lost in the twists and turns. I spent time on the island in my first backpacking trek through Greece in the 80s, and I wasn’t wild about the rowdy, drinking vibe in town, so camped on a beach “far from the madding crowd.” Mykonos wasn’t always a party destination, as evidenced by the above photo from 1930 (displayed in our hotel, source unknown), when the historic windmills still operated. Thor and I, on this trip, came only for a couple days in order to take a day tour of the extensive ancient sanctuary and settlement on the nearby island of Delos, sacred to the god Apollo.
First we bade farewell to lovely Naxos and the peaceful sanctuary of fertility-goddess Demeter:
Then we boarded a huge SeaJets ferry to wave goodbye to Naxos Town.
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