Well today marked the first port of call for our 12 Day Mediterranean Cruise that began in Rome, and now made its first port Mykonos, Greece. We didn’t port until 1:30PM here in Mykonos, so for the first half of the day we watched the strong winds and white water throw this humongous boat around the ocean like it was a feather being tossed every which way. I did take a Bonnie this time (a different brand for anti-nausea) and it seemed to be less drowsy then the first but still just knocked me out and had me sleeping until we left for Mykonos at around 4PM. We originally had a tour to the island of Delos which has some ancient artifacts but the tour was canceled due to the strong winds, which ended up being a good thing.
Right Off of the Ship in Mykonos, Greece
One of the big things in cruising is the ability to dock at a location or to tender in, and we originally were going to tender, and I can honestly not imagine tendering with these high winds. When we were approaching Mykonos everything was just getting tossed and turned every which way the ship was truly rocking. But once we docked the winds seemed to die down quite a bit, and made for a great time for a nap. As I mentioned we left at around 4PM to head into town, and took the Royal Caribbean shuttle bus to get us from the dock to the town itself. We did some shopping, walked around town, and had dinner with Jenn’s parents at this authentic Greek restaurant. The house white wine at this restaurant was some of the best I have had.
Sitting at Dinner at Eva’s Restaurant
Great Greek Food, My Lamb
One of the highlights of the dinner was one of the waiters, one of the owners sons, came up to Jenn and saw her engagement ring, he gave me a big pat on the back and said, “hey he did her right”, which was really a great feeling. It was a family run restaurant, a little off the road from all of the shops, but it was really a great meal. We spent a good four hours in Mykonos, it was one of our shorter stops, but it reminded me of everything I thought of Greece when thinking about it. It was a small town, all the buildings painted in a pristine white, with beautiful blue and red doors, and a great view of the Mediterranean ocean. There wasn’t a lot to necessarily do in town, outside of shopping, which Jenn bought another oil painting for our upcoming house/apartment, but it was just nice to get off the boat, get some fresh air, and check out a really beautiful Greek town.
A Beautiful View in Mykonos, Greece
A Picture of Me, Right Before We Leave Mykonos, Greece
Tomorrow is a big day, we have to wake up at the crack of dawn, and meet at 7:30 for a 7+ hour excursion in Kusadasi, Turkey. Yes we have heard of the shootings in Turkey, but if the cruise thinks we are good to go, we are going with that. The long tour is taking us through both Kusadasi and Ephesus, and has one of the seven wonders of the world to see as well. It is going to be a long day, but should be interesting nonetheless. My post will hopefully come on time tomorrow, but so far the cruise is going great, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next few ports have to offer, as Mykonos was a great way to start it all off.