These two small islands 120 miles (190 kms) off the coast of mainland Greece are famous for being famous. Mykonos has about 11,000 year-round residents, most of whom live in and around the main town of Chora.  The tiny neighboring island of Delos has no permanent inhabitants; it is an outdoor museum of antiquities. The sunny climate and the beautiful beach scenes make tourism the major industry in Mykonos; the nightlife is also a big draw for a worldwide audience. It is a gay-and-straight-friendly destination with many businesses catering for all styles  of patrons.

On Mykonos are ancient settlement remnants dating back to 11th century BCE. Over the past 25 centuries Mykonos has been invaded and fought over by nearly a dozen conquering forces, from Romans and Byzantines to Ottomans and Venetians. The modern peace belies the blood agony of the island’s history. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mykonos)



 

Greece, Mykonos: many huge cruise ships and ferries enter and leave the port every day
Greece, Mykonos: These windmills are famous landmarks on the island; http://www.uplivinggreece.com/blog/mykonos-windmills-12
Greece, Delos: museum statue reproduction
Greece, Mykonos: fishing and cruise boats in the harbor
Greece, Mykonos: sunrise over the Agean Sea
Greece, Mykonos: view of the Aegean Sea from the arid land
Greece, Mykonos: bougainvillea and church bell
Greece, Mykonos: stark contrast of white chapel and blue sea
Greece, Mykonos: old cleric along the road
Greece, Mykonos: young waiter from Albania working in a cafe
Greece, Mykonos: young guy looking serious
Greece, Mykonos: student in Acropolis Museum making notes
Greece, Delos: broken phallic statue. The ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated phallic festivals and built shrines with erect phalluses to honor Hermes, messenger of the gods.
Greece, Delos Museum: full size reproduction of Greek youth
Greece, Mykonos: antique urns
Greece, Mykonos: Greek national flag
Greece, Mykonos: red shoes
Greece, Mykonos: cruise ship entering the harbor
Greece, Mykonos: picturesque waterfront restaurants
Greece, Mykonos: single windmill dates from 18th century
Greece, Mykonos: entering the harbor
Greece, Mykonos: map of the harbor
Greece, Mykonos: entrance to a private villa
Greece, Mykonos: front of a private villa with pool
Greece, Mykonos: rugged arid landscape
Greece, Mykonos: Cat looking for fish in a swimming pool
Greece, Mykonos: two of the many private houses on the island
Greece, Mykonos: sunrise over the Aegean
Greece, Mykonos: house and chapel and stone walls
Greece, Mykonos: steeple of Panagia monastery
Greece, Mykonos: one of many small beaches on the island
Greece, Mykonos: young couple enjoying the October sun
Greece, Mykonos: another beach on the island
Greece, Mykonos: contrasting white chapel and arid landscape
Greece, Mykonos: lots of Greek bakeries
Greece, Mykonos: pastries in a bakery
Greece, Mykonos: same windmills as above
Greece, Mykonos: overlooking the town of Choros
Greece, Mykonos: the town has various spellings
Greece, Mykonos: many art galleries in Choros
Greece, Mykonos: typical street after sundown
Greece, Mykonos: art work in a gallery
Greece, Mykonos: proprietor waiting for customers in her dress shop
Greece, Mykonos: entrance to one of several gay bars
Greece, Mykonos: reminder about life
Greece, Mykonos: entrance to one of several gay bars
Greece, Mykonos: outdoor dining in October at Nikos' Taverno
Greece, Mykonos: entrance to Nikos' Taverna
Greece, Mykonos: entrance to another gay bar
Greece, Mykonos: art gallery
Greece, Mykonos: chapel in town of Choros
Greece, Mykonos: Asian visitor
Greece, Mykonos: cliffs on the islands
Greece, Mykonos: another island town
Greece, Mykonos: villa at sunrise
Greece, Mykonos: Italian visitors at Panagia monastery
Greece, Mykonos: another view of Chora
Greece, Mykonos: typical post card
Greece, Mykonos: picturesque white chapel walls
Greece, Mykonos: the island is reached by ferries from the port of Piraeaus on the mainland
Greece, Mykonos: Richard with his HRC hat
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