Around Town: Mikonos Island

One short week of sunshine, where my limbs were exposed to some vitamin D and now back to sweatshirts and wellies. Ahhit was nice while it lasted! My Mister and I took off last week for some R&R at Porto Mykonos on the Greek island of Mikonos and it was lovely! I didn’t break the camera out too much for fear of ruining the whole ‘rest’ idea, but here are a few snaps of what we did see. Mostly what I saw was the inside of novel after novel (I have some sort of sickness that means I can fly through 1-2 books a day on holiday-adding a considerable amount of weight to the luggage)…but we also had ample time swimming, sitting on the fabulous veranda at sunset and getting a great little taste of a little port town. Sure there are tourists (it’s a stop for seemingly every cruise ship) but it still maintained a down to earth rustic cuteness that I thought was fabulous. There is a fine balance between a place being charming but inaccessible in terms of language or places to eat etc. and this did that brilliantly. Loads of restaurants and everyone spoke english (something I still always feel guilty about…but still find quite necessary as I dont know a lick of Greek or nearly any other language for that matter). There are loads of shops, and although I found them unnecessary (I don’t go to Greece to shop at Diesel or Accessorize )I have to give them credit, they were all tucked into the cobbled streets without marring the beauty.

Oh and if that doesn’t sell you…there are pelicans roaming the streets. No seriously, walking up and down those little cobbled streets with a line of people petting them and walking behind them as if in a parade. There is some back history with a bit of folklore, but to cut a long story short, there has been a pelican that just roams around the town since 1954. That pelican passed away in the 80′s and was ‘replaced’ by three others donated (including one from Jackie O.)…so now there are three pet pelicans. A tradition I am keen to adopt in the streets of Kensington I dare say…

all images by pillarboxpost

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  • Justine said on June 1, 2010 11:33 am

    Love the photos, sounds like you had a lovely relaxing time. I always wondered what Mikonos looked since hearing the fleet foxes song and I think it fits the place nicely!

     
     
  • Lauren S said on June 1, 2010 8:09 pm

    Between the lantern-lined stairways, hand-painted boats and the white stucco, I am in awe of your chic Greek getaway!! I am intrigued by these pet pelicans you speak of…visuals please :)

     
     
  • Deborah Wall said on June 1, 2010 10:17 pm

    Your photos are a gorgeous break from the bleak Melbourne day that’s staring back at me through my window.

     
     
  • Pillar Box Post said on June 8, 2010 11:15 pm

    well com’n lady come on over and we’ll go getawaying! and pet pelicans here we come. http://www.greekhotel.com/greekislands/mykonos/pelican.htm i’ve vignetted and feathred the image making it virtually impossible for you to see…just the way you like it!
    http://www.greekhotel.com/greekislands/mykonos/pelican.htm

     
     
  • Pillar Box Post said on June 8, 2010 11:16 pm

    Thank you kindly!…when you say bleak Melbourne day does that equal a summers day in England? Surely it must still be gorgeous, isn’t it fall?
    -brittany

     
     
  • Pillar Box Post said on June 8, 2010 11:17 pm

    Is there really a fleet foxes song called Mikonos? Oh who am I kidding I could listen to that album nine billion times and never know the name of any song or lyric. I’m off to check it out now. Thanks!
    Brittany

     
     
 

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