My friend Helen has a son living in a New York apartment with bare walls, and she promised him some "art" for those walls for Christmas. He loves the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini --especially the beaches and the waves, she said, asking me to come up with some photos of those two islands so she could choose several that I would have printed in a large size and matted and framed for his Christmas gift.
Here's another photo of Mykonos taken from the second-story veranda of a bar where we always go to watch the sun set. The row of windmills at the end of the harbor are the symbol of Mykonos--so this scene is easily recognizable to anyone who has been there. The stretch of picturesque buildings on the left is called "Little Venice"
Here is a view of Little Venice looking in the other direction, when I was standing below the windmills.
While sitting in our favorite Mykonos bar, waiting for the sun to go down, I took this photo of my glass of wine with the windmills in the background. It was at this same place that my daughter Eleni took the photo of me that I use for my profile photo.
As the sun set, we saw this wonderful view of an anchored sailing ship silhouetted against the sky.
Here's one last photo of Mykonos taken from the beach of Aghios Sostis--Eleni's favorite place in the world. The beach is fabulous and up the hill there's a small taverna with heavenly food cooked in the simplest way on a grill.
Mykonos is a very sophisticated island filled with international visitors and very expensive stores. It's all white stucco buildings and shocking pink bougainvillea and narrow, winding streets meant to confuse raiding pirates The island is known for its hard-partying ways and the significant gay culture there. There are many nudist beaches and loud nightclubs, but there are also wonderful isolated spots like this one.
Next blog post I'll show you the photos of Santorini and tell you which ones Helen chose for her gifts to her son.
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