After five delightful, heavenly days in Santorini it was hard to leave. We had already changed our trip once canceling a two-day visit to neighboring Paros so we could extend our time in Santorini. It was a wise choice as we felt fully rested and relaxed after five days of sunsets and sunrises in perhaps one of the most beautiful islands on earth. In retrospect, it was perhaps a sign of fate to have those extra days in paradise as once we resumed our Greek Island Hopping trip, things turned well greek. Instead of a nice and easy three-hour Hydrofoil ride to our next stop, Mykonos, our day ended up being an extremely long and annoying travel experience. It all began when we arrived as planned at the ferry office to discover that our ferry was canceled (apparently a frequent occurrence in Greece). Instead of three short hours we spent eleven long hours in transit trying to get to Mykonos. By the time we got to our hotel, we were both exhausted and wondering why on earth we ever chose this kind of vacation for a honeymoon. Oh well. Thoughts of Santorini returned and we realized it was worth it.
Mykonos was perhaps one of the craziest places I’d ever experienced. All inhibition is simply left behind when one comes to Mykonos. I had heard about the differing levels of beaches. The ones infamously named Paradise and Super-Paradise which varies on level of nudity. Not being the exhibitionist kind of gal, we opted for the tamer beach which was surprising calm. I’m not really a beach person though as I’d rather be hiking.
While days were spent at the beach, nights were spent in Maddening Mykonos Town, party central. Winding, serpentine streets meandered throughout the town full of outdoor cafes, restaurants and enough bars to keep you drinking for months. It was easy to get lost but that was half the fun. The people-watching was intense and most bars didn’t even open their doors until the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, we had a blast.
After three days, it was time to board the ferry once again and head to our next destination: The island of Samos, which is off the coast of Turkey. We had picked that island as we wanted to see the world famous ruins of Ephesus. Unfortunately, the ferry ride over was the worst one yet.
Little did I know, we were on to our next unfortunate adventure of our honeymoon!