Since then, we have explored Naxos and Mykonos via rental cars.
To our surprise the very first person we saw at the port was holding a paper sign above his head that read ZUNTI Ashton!!..Omg how awesome!,!
Sidebar!.. Last time our name was on a sign when mom and Kristen greeted us at the Saskatoon Airport after our Philippines trip. .. Something about seeing your name on a sign at the airport is just so nice! Warms me up inside! Hah a
Anyways we were shuttled to our studio room 20 minutes out of town. Very nice room with our own balcony, fridge, kettle and tv. Close walking proximity to the beach and a beautiful view of the mountains and the sea.
Our pictures tell the best stories...
Beautiful isolated, long stretch of beach with aqua water just tempted us to go in. But it's still a little chilly for that.. So we had to enjoy from the sand.
As well as stopped for goats!
We also spent time roaming the narrow windy, cobbled streets of Hora (the port town) and eating Gyros!
A Gyro is a pita filled with shaved pork, taziki sauce, onion, tomato, and fries. Chelseys favourite meal. They area filling, fast and cheap. (2 € to 2.5€..about $3 each). They go really nicely with a jug of red or a Greek salad.
With that being said, we do enjoy picking up treats and strolling along taking it all in.
We found ourselves on the harbour watching the big digger equipment, and looking into the lives of the sailboat families. Everyone seemed to be sitting on their outdoor table enjoying supper and drinks while watching the sunset...or the digger... Since it was in perfect blocking view oft he sun! Haha...
That about wraps up Naxo! It was a slice!
Mykonos!... One of the most talked about touristy islands of Greece. Researching online everyone raved about Mykonos and how it's a must see... We can understand why. Mykonos offers several beautiful beaches and is quite a trendy little Island, with brand name stores everywhere and clubs rockin all night long. Unfortunately this hasn't been our favourite Island since the wind has been so extreme that being outside isn't very pleasant. (The locals are also surprised about the nasty wind.) and the scenery doesn't compare to the last two islands. ..aaandd now that we're married, we don't go clubbin! LOL.. Wish my girl friends were here to dance all night long.
A half hour ferry to this Island cost as much as our 7 hour ferry??... Cheapest accommodation is $39/night for a basic room with no balcony..a car rental is $45/day, about $15 more per day than other islands... A Greek salad has been $7, here it's $15...a rum and coke is $15 !
So overall, a very expensive island.
Greece has been the first country we have been to where quads are street legal. We have only driven scooters and cars on our travels, so a quad would be a nice change. Where else can you tear around on roads on a quad??? We (Ashton) have been excited for this opportunity. The first 2 islands were too big for renting a quad. It would have been a long tiring day sitting on a quad. it was Much more comfortable in a car. Mykonos is the perfect size and conditions to bomb around on a quad. The distances from places are short and the roads are narrow and windy. But the days we have been here have been far too windy to rent a quad and enjoy it. I could barely shut the door of the car because of the wind. So we opted for a car again. We passed a few quads on our war and seeing people bundled up in jackets, pants, scarves and wind whipped didn't look like our idea of spending a couple days. The roads/driving here hasn't been as nice as the other 2 islands. The roads were too rough and bumpy to enjoy in a car. Ashton always had to pullover for other cars or trucks. Oh well, better than being cold and wind whipped or trying to use the public bus to get around.
Like I said, the beaches on Mykonos are quite nice... There is a beach for all types...party goers, families, naturists, nudists!! Hah a...
Ashton(secretly me too) were eager to go the beach known for nudists... He he.. But sadly only one lady was exposed..
Because this is the party island, we decided to checkout the nightlife..and went out Dancing one night...after the bar we noticed that the souvenir and clothing shops were still open . Apparently they stay open until 2 or 3 am..
A couple local people have told us that they live on the mainland, aka, Athens. And they come to the islands to work during the summer months (May to October). 99% of jobs are part of the tourism industry. After 6 months of work, locals retreat back to Athens to survive off their tourism money. Each one we've talked to said the youth unemployment rate is super high and that they become jobless for the winter. Some look for work, some travel, but most just hang around and await the summer season.
pretty sad to have such a high unemployment rate... Tourism makes up such a large part of their economy. Each summer, Greece expects about 15 million tourists to pass through!!! Which is an incredible amount, especially when the Greek population is only 10 million!
This blog is getting long! Hope your still reading!
Q: What do you buy when your hungry and have only 3€ Left in your pocket?....
A: two ice cream cones and a jar of pickles !
Cathchya later gator!