Mykonos

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So the picture directly below is jarring, confusing, and hilarious. I had to crop in so you could actually get a glimpse. We were pulling out of a Greek bodega and I stopped the car to get a quick image of this weirdness: a 2-Euro thong-ball machine. I know. Bananas. Anyway, we got off the island via Hellenic Seaways Flying Cat 4 to Thira also known as Santorini. We got a car at Spiradakos Rent-A-Car because we thought it was an omen from our friend, Elizabeth Spiridakis. (White Lightning) Driving from the port to Oia along the cliffs at night still gives me chills, but the car made it. The omen came true. Images of Fira and Oia will be posted soon.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009

Greek kids venture out to the beaches on the southern coast of Mykonos to avoid the winds coming from the north off the Mediterranean. The hills act as a wind barrier. Driving around the island reminded me of driving in Mexico in Baja. Keren and I visited three beaches that day but Psarou Beach was quite a treat with canvas umbrellas and cushioned beach chairs (fancy). A lot of topless action but I’m trying to keep it G-rated. On Elia beach we had dinner and made it back across the island to Agios Stefanos in time for sundown. Driving in Greece is next level balls to the wall. I will address that topic when I post about Crete. But for now, Mykonos was rad.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009

There are some moments going on here that even I was like, woah. The ship was called the Blue Star Ithaki with mostly Greek passengers and a few tourists. It’s one of two ways of leaving Athens from Piraeus Port by ship. When we finally got to the island of Mykonos to the town Hora, more image worthy events presented themselves, i.e. a bird swallowing its own body. That picture is hard to look at.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009