There is no nicer way to start a morning on the Greek island of Mykonos than with an ice cold frappe. Whizzed up from fresh Greek coffee it kick starts the system in all the right ways. Now normally back home in Scotland, where the weather tends to be a little cooler, this would be a terrible way to begin the morning. There I reach for a warm soothing cup of tea, usually oolong if possible. Here in the heat of a late Greek summer, even early in the morning it’s warm, and I discovered iced coffee is the perfect refreshment.
Long before the crowds arrive you can have a front row seat, looking out across the beautiful blue sea. The light shimmers on the water, the air is peaceful, the only sound is the lapping of the soft waves on the whitewashed walls.
The old disused windmills stand with their skeleton sails gazing out to sea. No longer grinding corn to flour they stand still and silent, but soon swarms of visitors will gather around their bases, busy catching their shot of this iconic sight.
Wandering through the twisting cobbled streets at this time of the morning is very relaxing. The soft light casts beautiful angled shadows across the fresh whitewashed walls. Freshly watered basil grows happily in the dappled shade, it’s sweet scent drifting in the warming air. It’s tempting to linger, to take a seat on the woven rug, but the unknown maze of as yet unexplored paths beckons.
Little courtyards appear around surprising corners, with empty tables waiting for a new days crowd. Flowers catch the rising sun, enjoying the morning peace at the start of another inevitable hot, busy day.
Some places are still relaxing after a late night. Soon this beautifully cool shaded street will be filled with people and hot Greek sunlight. It’s tables and chairs will fill up, and the sound of relaxed holiday chatter will drift through the buildings.
Let’s head back towards the sea, through the narrow white streets. It’s time for that second frappe, sitting in Little Venice, watching the incoming crowds slowly fill up the seats. At this time in the morning we can have our pick of table, each one with different flowers and herbs, and it’s own colour scheme. This one looks good, it’s in the shade, perfect for the quickly rising heat, and their coffee is freshly ground. A perfect Mykonos good morning.