I won’t say Mykonos is the only town in Greece to have signature white/gray narrow, wobbly streets, but it’s the one we remember for an early walk on a rain-soaked morning. We had to look where we were going: slick white paint around gray cobblestones made our walk a little more treacherous as we tried to take pictures, keep up with a guide, and soak in the lovely ambiance of this signature Greek island.
Our guide specifically warned us: “Don’t step on the white, just the gray — that’s the part that’s freshly painted each year. And [as though she had to tell us] the white is pretty slippery when wet.” And so we hopscotched along, stepping only on the stones.
Mykonos streets with their graphic gray circles and white rings form a statement backdrop for colorful wares. And another diversion as we tried to keep up the pace with our guide.
After the tour, we were on our own, exploring slowly and peering in doors and windows and stairs. But when left to our own devices, we found ourselves lost in the labyrinth. Just saying “bakery” to some locals, though, got us back to a recognizable starting point.
And when we left, it was the streets of Mykonos, lined with bougainvillea, vines, and flowers we can’t even name, that we remembered.
And, to this day, it’s those streets that make us smile.