Greece: Jackie O’ Bar on the Mykonos Waterfront

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100_0264Located just a few feet from the crashing waves of the Mykonos waterfront, Jackie O’ Bar is synonymous with the famed all night party scene that electrifies the small Greek island. As iconic to the island as its namesake, the bar evokes retro glam with a luxurious all-white decor accented by flickering candles from the low seated banquet tables. A 100_0265perfect waterfront spot to sip on champagne or a cocktail and watch the sunset before the late-night crowd starts to pour in. On summer nights an energetic crowd will fill the bar’s dance floor, entertained by the famous drag shows, as larger crowds gather outside along the waterfront. The bar attracts a diverse group of party-goers but is largely know as one of the island’s most popular gay bars.

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Caprice: Sunset Drinks in Little Venice

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The perfect spot from which to watch the dramatic sunset over the Aegean Sea. Caprice holds coveted real estate alongside the seaside. The crisp white and blue interior of the bar is the perfect backdrop to highlight the natural beauty of the sunset on the island. Doorways even with the sea level open to let the multi-colored layers of the sunset kissed sky flow into the bar. With waves crashing against the building’s exterior, mist from sea blows indoors offering a bit of natural refreshment from the warm Mykonos evenings. The bar offers a comprehensive cocktail list including the signature Caprice, a honeydew based drink and the amazingly refreshing Coco Loko, a fresh coconut cocktail.

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Petros: Mykonos’ Resident Pelican

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As told, the story is that a caring Mykonos fisherman came upon the injured pelican in 1954 and decided to care for it until it regained its heath. Once healed, in a suprising turn, the pelican did not attempt to leave, but rather made the island its home. The locals began feeding the pelican and it became a staple around the island, playing in the water and wandering through town’s restaurants and numerous alleyways. Eventually, he was given the name Petros and his presence became synonymous with the island. After living on the island for more than thirty years, Petros died in 1986.

As expected, local residents and tourists alike were deeply upset by the loss of Petros. Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who had spent time on the island, had donated a female pelican to the town, named Irini to offer Petros some companionship. Following his death, The Hamburg Zoo also gave the islanders a pelican to act as the original Petros’ successor. In the years following, another migrating pelican, who would later be named Nikolas, was brought to the island as a result of a storm and has since made Mykonos his home.

Today all three pelicans, Irini, Petros II and Nikolas can still be found roaming the island and graciously posing for photos with intrigued tourists.

Mykonos, Greece: Windmills

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Framing the harbor off Mykonos‘ Little Italy neighborhood are six of the island’s iconic windmills. Once located along a major sea-trade route, the island’s year-round winds were utilized in milling grain in order to compact it for transport. Mostly built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the windmills played a key role in the island’s agricultural past. With the rise of industrialization, the necessity of the windmills diminished, with the last ceasing operation around the middle of the 20th century.

Today, the windmills remain one of Mykonos’ top sights for visitors. In addition to those lining the harbor, windmills can be seen dotting the hilltops throughout the island.