“Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life” (Michael Palin)
Our 2-day stay in Athens as the heart of Greece had come to an end. Now, it was time to board our “Blue Star” ferries and sail the Aegean Sea to the beautiful Greek Island of Mykonos.
It was an early morning start as our taxi quietly navigated through the sleepy Athens traffic towards the Port of Piraeus for a 7.30am departure. So, with our suitcases in tow we half walked and ran to make sure we boarded on time.
And what a beauty she was – big and beautiful, I was absolutely in awe! She was a much bigger ferry than I had imagined. Deep into belly of the ship we cautiously ventured to stow our luggage.
Then we had to quickly get out of the way, so as not to get mowed down as they maneuvered trucks and heavy vehicles on-board.
Next it was an ascent up narrow stairs and then wider landings as we made our way to find our allocated seats.
The inside of the ferry was well appointed with different classes of good and comfortable seating arrangements (in economy or business class) with food and beverage bars to quench the thirst and food to sustain the body.
From a great vantage point at the stern of the ferry, I noticed a fluster of activity with the rising of the sun. There was the tooting of horns from an impatient traffic, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting around me, the efficient loading of holidaymakers, food and vehicles all in unison with the excited chatter of the people close by.
It was going to be a good day, I could feel it in my bones!
As usual I was excited and eager to set sail and remained on the upper deck for most of the journey.
Out in the deep blue, I was mesmerized by the midnight blue of the Aegean Sea in stark contrast to the enthusiastic fluttering of the blue and white Greek flag – it made for a great photo opportunity taken by so many happy and smiling couples.
Our journey to Mykonos was going to take just over 5 hours with stops at other small ports along the way. I simply settled in and enjoyed the amazing views and the fresh sea air – life could not get any better than this!!
It was a calming and peaceful time, slightly hypnotic with the churning sound of the powerful engines, as they carved a path through the Mediterranean leaving behind white-frothed waves in its wake.
I enjoyed a quiet time of reflection and reality dawned on me that I was on my way to the Greek Islands! A bucket list dream come true – so somebody pinch me!
The time just seemed to fly by so quickly and before I knew it, it was time to make the descent back into the belly of the ship and collect our luggage and get ready to disembark.
The roll on roll off ramp was partially down as we prepared to dock at the “New Port” and swung by a behemoth cruise ship during the maneuver.
Everyone patiently lined up as kindred spirits – all keen, excited and eager to begin our Mykonos adventure.
My next blog post will be the beginning of “My Big, Fat Greek Holiday” part 1.