We flew from Athens to Mykonos because we’d heard plane flights were slightly more reliable forms of transportation than the ferry. Ferries are subject to weather whereas airlines always fly.
Theoretically this might be true but the reality – per usual – was somewhat different. Perhaps because we flew Volotea? Perhaps because Greece where the motto clearly is “Calm down please, you will get there at some point”?
Either way, we got to the airport with at least an hour and a half to spare only to encounter the longest slowest most chaotic check-in process involving a very unclear set up. There was a line, and then there was another line, everyone was everywhere and the check in process was taking about 13 minutes per person…
After we’d been in line for over an hour, our flight was scheduled to leave in about 20 minutes and we were supposed to already be boarding but clearly we were still in line surrounded by people also headed to Mykonos. The airline attendants tried a couple of times to marshal everyone flying to Mykonos to the front of the line but that line jumping enraged multiple foreigners of all nationalities, all of whom were wearing straw hats and flip flops and had been standing in line forever so they could get their island beer drinking started already.
There are no more angry people than the ones trying to get to a beach vacation.
In blatant defiance of the attendants, a French girl in front of us used her suitcase to block an entire group of people from swarming our line and we kind of swooped in right behind her and finally got checked in and at our gate with about 5 minutes to spare.
Was there anything happening at the gate? No. Were we boarding? No. So, we got a plane beer and some Pringles and settled in.
Half an hour later we finally got on the plane, and then we sat there and sat there. Then the captain came on the overhead announcement to announce that the runway of Mykonos was too crowded and it would be 2 hours and 45 minutes before we could even take off.
Dude… cue the outrageous outrage all over the plane. “Are we going to deplane??” “I can’t possibly sit here for 2 more hours!” “This is ridiculous!” “How can they do this!!” etc. etc. etc.
Corey just shrugged and said “We’re flying the Chicken Bus of the Sky. What do they expect?”
20 minutes after the outrage had died down to furious muttering, the plane took off. “Just kidding about that 2 hour and 45 minute delay! Hahaha!”
And 30 minutes after that, and only an hour or so late, we landed on Mykonos.
You guys! It’s so pretty!!!
Everything you think of when you hear “Greek Island” is happening here in Mykonos Town where it’s just blue and white forever.
We stayed just down the road from Mykonos Town at the Harmony Boutique Hotel, which I would recommend.
Welcome drink, check
Pool and ocean: check and check
Walking distance from the town but not actually in the town, check
We spent a solid day here just relaxing, There isn’t much to do but shop, go to the beach and see these windmills
So I did all those things and still had lots of time to sleep and eat sea food and read a book by the pool.
This grilled sea bream was delicious
As was this tzatziki
And we could see the sunset from our poolside chairs
This was our first day where we did basically nothing and just relaxed. I hear some people take vacations and this is all they do! I think it’s remarkable and I recommend it highly.
But we clearly aren’t those people because we left this idyllic beachside town the next day and went to Delos. Are you ready for more crashed out columns?? Cuz that’s my next post…