Atlantis Alumni

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sun, Friends, and Fun On Mykonos

Mykonos is a beautiful wind-swept island that is a magical place. Our ship anchored near the main town Chora and we took small motor shuttles into town. From the town we took buses to Elia beach, one of several beautiful secluded beaches that dot the coastline. Once at the beach we rented beach chairs and headed off to lunch at the tavern right on the beach, where we knew we would have a fantastic Greek meal. We weren’t disappointed. We shared a typical dish, grilled octopus salad, followed by two entrees. Dan ordered spaghetti with prawns and Jim had a cuttlefish casserole. Both dishes were absolutely delicious but the cuttlefish in Jim’s casserole was outstanding…both tasty and tendeWe also polished off 1000 ml of authentic Greek Retsina wine with lunch. After lunch it was time for a long swim in the warm crystal clear water. The afternoon passed quickly then we returned to our ship to freshen up before heading back to Mykonos town for cocktails at the Kastro bar, our favorite located in “Little Venice,” where we could view the sunset. We met had friends Brian and Wes earlier in the day. We first met them in 2009 on another Atlantis Mediterranean cruise. We suggested meeting them for drinks at the Kastro and they were there when we arrived and had a table for us. After a lovely hour plus of chatting with these friends we photographed the sunset and headed off to dinner at Niko’s Tavern, our favorite in town restaurant. This popular eatery features fresh seafood and a large menu. Jim and Dan shared one unusual specialty that they offer: sea urchin salad. The subtle flavor defies description. Brian and Wes had tradition lamb entrees while we ordered seafood. Dan had grilled swordfish and Jim had salmon lasagna. What a great meal it was! The busy tavern was packed with people waiting for tables by the time we left to go back to our ship after a truly fun packed wonderful day on Mykonos.

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