Having been to Ibiza last holiday, it was but natural that we go to pay our respects to the ‘party’ island of Greece this time. To be honest, I liked Mykonos a lot more than Ibiza, not because of the party scene, but because the island, especially the city center is so charming. Very typically Cycladic in nature, the city center is a labyrinth of tiny winding streets lined with white-walled buildings with blue windows and doors. Absolutely picture perfect!
The tiny streets of the city center, as cute as they are, are terribly confusing! They were originally designed in the labyrinthine fashion to confuse the pirates when they attacked. Well done folks! It works even today. Viraj and I got hopelessly lost while trying to find our way out. If we found something interesting or wanted to buy something from the shops, it had to be done at that time. We would never be able to find our way back.
Also, I recently found out that there is another reason why the streets were designed as they are, was to cut of the fierce winds that blow in the center of the city. This part, again, I understood really well. I remember when Viraj and I left our hotel to explore the city, the wind was crrraaaazzyyy!!! I was standing near the windmills, barely hanging on! Never in my life have I experienced winds that strong.
The best part about the streets was that very often they would open up into slightly larger areas forming gathering spaces for people. Even of the space was not large, two chairs with a tiny little table with a flower on it, could anything get cuter? The architect in me absolutely loved how these spaces were used so beautifully.
Although we often got lost in the streets of Mykonos, I wouldn’t mind enduring the ordeal all over again.