Out and About (1).

There is a lot to see, for the casual stroller, in the town of Mykonos, otherwise known as Khora. This is a real working Island, and, despite what you may think when you see the bustling throngs of visitors, there is a native population of around only 6500.

For more than 30 years the mascot of the Island was a pelican named Petros. When he died in December 1985, he was mourned by millions all over the world. His stuffed body is now in a museum. To take his place there are other young pelicans which wander around the town "strutting their stuff". Take your cameras because you may never get this close to pelicans again.

Because the official religion is Greek Orthodox you will see churches everywhere. You may have to search for them since many are tucked away in back alleys and are very easy to miss. The most famous of these is Paraportiani which looks like a melting ice-cream sculpture.

Paraportiani, built on four different levels.



Here are some others which you may see and you will certainly find more for yourself.

Church with dovecote.


Almost missed this one!



A wonderful Mykonian belfry.

These are only a few examples of what there is to see. I am sure there will be more just round the corner. It's up to you to find them! To give you an idea of what to expect of the streets and alleyways let me, next, take you round the town.