Greece is known for it’s beautiful beaches. The big families. The history. The white Togas. The ‘Alpha’ sexy men, where the word among the rest of the alphabet roots from. The big weddings. The white adobe houses with blue painted windows. The donkeys perhaps. The hedonistic life.
The food here has stood out the most to me. Yesterday morning we had breakfast at our apt made fresh by the owner of Maganos Apts. She is the sweetest, most nurturing lady we could have asked for to make us feel at home. Everything is fresh here, most plants they grow in their backyard - cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.
2 hours after breakfast, we were ready to eat again. What a surprise, we walked down the trail to Nicolas Restaurant, lying on Paraga Beach which we’ve been wanting to try. The price is totally reasonable, and the view spectacular. Not many people on this tiny beach. Every morning they display their specialized item for the day. I ordered the boiled octopus salad which contains chopped up fresh green peppers, fresh tomatoes, capers, topped with olive oil and red wine vinegar. I ate it with pure joy. Ambitiously gluttonous, I ordered a spaghetti with meat sauce which is my new obsession here in Greece.
After lunch, we walked to the more happening part of Paraga beach to catch a ferry back to Super Paradise but due to weather conditions, there were no boat out. So we rode a bus into town and decided to rent a vehicle for our remaining time in Mykonos. A scooter bike would be ideal, but seemingly very dangerous due to windy roads and our lack of experience riding. A car would cost at least 35 euros, so we rented an ATV. Bright orange may I add. I am glad of this choice. For 20 Euros a day, I took control of the wheel and took us to Super Paradise beach. IT was a bit scary at first with the narrow roads and crazy drivers, but we made it out alive. The scariest part was the steep drive towards the end to get to the actual beach. I screamed for dear life and braked with all my mite, all the way downo
We got to Super Paradise around 5pm and sensed that it wouldn’t be as crazy as yesterday but enjoyed a few drinks anyways by the water with a few familiar faces. I had my 2nd plate of Spaghetti meat sauce plate (the Best one in town is here in Super Paradise).
Immigration workers: I noticed a few non-greek workers here besides the Chinese on the beach offering massages, I asked a manager and they said they were from Bangladesh, and they come in high-seasons to make money. Or others have been here for awhile, as Greece is a crossing point from Asia to Europe, some being able to pass through and get visa’s, some others not, and staying in Greece for a better life. I’m interested in these issues which seem minor but make up the bigger picture in each economy with immigrant workers.
An hour went by, and as the sun sets, the standard tradition begins of something funky going down. A group of 40 something year old Brazilians began to have a dance party. We weren’t sure if they were on drugs or what was going on, but it was surely entertaining. Within moments, we were pulled into the mix.
We had more of an urge to take it easy during the day and to experience Mykonos at night so we left shortly after and rode our ATV back during sunset. We got a bit lost (per usual) heading back, but was in no hurry. We stopped by Paraga beach Super market for direction and to buy dinner. I’m not sure if we have been intentionally trying to be romantic, or if anything European we do comes off romantic. But we bought a bottle of red vino, 2 kinds of cheese – Gouda & some nasty rubbery salty white cheese, cherries, plums, tsaziki, and smoked trout. We laid it out on the table by the pool area overlooking the beautiful water. The owner of the hotel came by every few minutes with more treat. She’s so hospitable, I’d highly recommend her hotel to ANYONE! She brought over fresh cucumbers at one point. Moments later, the lady brought over a martini of the clear ouzoo like drink that every restaurant gives us a bit of to help digest. It tastes like pine needles, pretty gross, but how can you turn down free alcohol and a warm traditional gesture? The key moment of the night was when we heard the “Mamma mia” song (the beginning part when the 3 men first arrive on the island) in the distance and we thought we were hallucinating. There’s no way we thought! There had been no music playing. And one of the sole reasons we were in Greece was because of the movie! Seconds later, it was confirmed that the song was playing! WE jumped up and down all around the pool to the song.
After dinner, we took a taxi into Old Venice around 10:30 and shopped around. The party scene doesn’t start until midnight so we relaxed. We stopped by a small cozy trendy bar and each had a glass of red wine. On our way out, we ran into the Athenian men we had met the day before in Super Paradise and they advised to meet us at Jackie-O, the trendiest gay bar. We headed over there, which it sat on the water behind some beautiful windmills. Trendy good looking gay men strut around, us being the trophy fag hags. The best music played, and to continue on the Greek dream, 3 more songs from the Mamma Mia soundtrack played. Of course, only in a gay bar! “Dancing Queen”, among others. By 2 am we got a bit bored, so we wandered off some more into town. Stopped by a few more bars just to check out the scene. The last stop, of course a small cafe by the beach for my 3rd plate of Spaghetti meat sauce!! Got to bed by 3am after a crazy windy taxi ride back.