Mykonos Revisited

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In the early 80’s my father took a trip with my mother to Greece and Turkey, a trip he planned with some trepi.jpgdation as he had heard mixed reports on his chosen destination. He planned a sort of ad-hoc holiday spending time hoppi.jpgng from island to island, sleepi.jpgng on ferries and circumnavigating each one he visited by hiring scooters and knocking on the doors of local villages to find somewhere to sleep.

After months of planning (as is his way, even for this rather backpacker-ish type holiday) they left me with my grandparents and set off for a six week jaunt to this far away land of sea, sun and intrigue. For a young child (as I was in those days), the 6 weeks without them was so long that I had forgotten who they were when they returned; I no longer recognised the strange long-haired and tanned people who stepped off the plane and spent the rest of the day trying to hide from them in the pleats of my grandmother’s skirt.

All throughout my childhood, the evidence of how amazing their holiday was, was evident, from the many stories of the strange places they visited like Santorini, Mykonos and Istanbul to the anecdotal tales of nights spent sippi.jpgng Ouzo, Retsina and Raki, to the undeniable evidence of “fun in the sun” – my baby brother being born about 8 months after they arrived back! All of this set in my mind the desire to visit these fascinating countries, and in the mind of my father, to return to them one day.

Finally, in 2008, we set plans in motion to begin this voyage for the May and June of 2009. This time though, it was not to be the same kind of eclectic, happy-go-lucky style of trip, my parents are now in their 60’s and have become accustomed to some sort of comforts in their lives. We decided to do some of the trip ourselves, but to rely on a cruise ship to take us around the Islands and Trafalgar Tours to do the coach tour of Turkey – which, I must add, was excellent value for money and enhanced our travelling experience so much, I would recommend it to anybody in a heartbeat.

Watch out for my next installment.
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Our Readers Comments

  1. Wow- what a lovely story…it inspires one to go island hopping and let the love of Greece sweep over you

  2. Well done Nick on your first blog, looking forward to reading more of this story…

  3. I just love Raki – the perfect drink that leaves no hangover

  4. What a great story! Gave me goosebumps…

  5. Thanks guys! More to come, watch this space… next installment will be one on crazy Athens!

  6. Can’t wait for the next installment on Athens! I want to go now! Thanks for sharing Nick!

  7. What a great little story. It´s called life.
    Parents are so booring after all. Shame is that you often to pass 30 before you realize.

  8. the headline caught my eye as i returned from greece and fleetingly turkey at the end of may and those memories are so fresh in my mind like it was yesterday. i would love to go back there…it was AWESOME AND BREATHTAKING!! Thanks for letting me re-live it AGAIN as i have been doing since my return!!!!

  9. Brought back all wonderful memories of when my husband took me through Europe and onto the Greek Isles [2 weeks in Club Med Corfu] in 1980

  10. I’ve been also travelling throughout Greece backpacking and hitchaking, sleeping in tiny tent with now my husband in 1987, earning some money by harvesting grapes, than we took boat to Crete island. Next we travelled by coach to Istanbul where we have seen Topkapi, Aya
    Sophia and Great Basaar. We were even lucky enough to attend greek wedding of a friend we met in Greece. Wonderful memories, wonderful people. Definitely a trip not to be missed!!!

  11. Greece has always held a special place in my heart! First visited in ’81, Hitch hiking around with a girl friend, toured the islands by ferry, slept on beaches and worked on the island of Rhodes, stripping varnish on a yacht – got an excellent tan!
    Back in ’85 with 2 girl friends – stayed in Bed & Breakfast places on Skiathos, Mykonos and Ios (real party island!).
    Back in ’92 with my brother – also B’nB on Mykonos and Santorini. A more sedate holiday, relaxing after touring USA and Turkey.
    Back in 2000 – on my own (Shirley Valentine style!) to Skiathos and then on to Egypt.

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