MYKONOS - The legends of Mykonos begin with tales of seduction and oblivion. The island of Ithaca, Cavafy told us in his famous poem, is more than a destination; it is a state of mind. Mykonos has come to symbolize much more than Ithaca ever meant to poets and travelers alike; since the 1950s, it has been a paradisiacal escape, a kingdom for all the barefoot kings and nowadays, a stronghold of opportunity and affluence in a bankrupt country.
There are as many lost treasures as bones buried under the streets of this greedy island that has enticed armies, pirates, moguls and tourists alike from the time of the poets to the days of Aristotle Onassis and, most recently, Starbucks. People have flocked here since ancient times to enjoy or cash in on the hedonistic promises of an island that became synonymous with beauty, pleasure and profit. Appropriately, one of the most popular beaches here is called Super Paradise.
Today, there are many names for this paradise: Manhattan of the Aegean, Isla Bonita, Rock of the Giants, island of the winds, Diva of the Aegean. While the rest of Greece is suffering the worst depression since WWII, Mykonos remains a solid castle of prosperity, a trillion-euro-private-investment that blinks from afar like the most expensive jewel of the Mediterranean: stunning villas designed by starchitects, glitzy fashion superstores, sophisticated galleries, luxurious hotels and countless A-list restaurants that surpass in service, style and prices any establishments in the rest of Greece.
These days, some liken Mykonos to a modern day Pompeii - a city of excess about to be swept away by the detritus of ash and pumice released from the volcanic explosion of the Greek economy. But, I assure you, this won't happen; if this island enticed to death parades of Persians and, later, Arabs, Venetians and Turks, it can afford to deal with the harsh austerity that plagues the rest of the country.
"We are producing our own wealth, " a local businessman tells me. "We are a hard-working money-making-minded people that have survived many hardships. Our drive and our dream are more American than European. If Mykonos ever gained independence from the rest of Greece, it would be one of the richest microstates on the globe."
"It has helped to put Greece back on the map again, " the Guardian noted. "Visitors have signaled greater overall satisfaction with Mykonos than Ibiza, Sardinia or St. Tropez - its main competitors."
"It has helped to put Greece back on the map again."
Despite Greece's worsening economic odyssey this summer, Mykonos' cashiers are filling: hotels and villas are full; during the summer months, its small airport is one of the busiest in Europe. Not surprisingly, the night of June 27, when the rest of Greece was afire with uncertainty about the referendum just called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the town of Mykonos glittered under an umbrella of fireworks. It was Saturday night, and the main news celebrated on the island was the American Supreme Court's decision in favor of gay marriage.
Of course, gays were getting "married" on Mykonos long before any Supreme Court's decision back when homophobia reigned in the rest of the globe. During the 1960s and 1970s, gays came here to feel free and celebrate make-believe weddings outside the legendary Pierro's bar where races and classes mingled and bodies swung when the music played. The Greek Dolce Vita began on Mykonos and, as a local historian once put it, it grew into something "more Felliniesque than a Fellini film." That was the time that it was a shame not to be gay on Mykonos and Swinging Mykonos, as much as London, emerged as a pleasant aftershock of May 1968.
"The secret of the Mykonian success is tolerance, " Anna Kousathana tells me. "Mykonos became an international paradise because of that. Provinciality was never part of the Mykonian mindset. I remember back in the late 1960s, there was a policeman here who was very strict with the tourists, especially women. He would stop them if they wore shorts and admonish them, 'What is that? Go and change!' Before he knew it, he was fired by the local authorities! People here never tolerated such closed-mindedness."outfit ideas having haircut firestone haircut coffee cake muffins ladies cut and style 2 haircut my trends am life science science a 2 or fashion coffee shops in nashville india trending now youtube hair cut names blue lifestyle wearing style of lehenga lifestyles of the rich and famous quotes today's trends 3 haircut 60 haircut science fair projects boards astrology chart explained game haircut god and astronomy at science science of people lifestyle look science for her top travel lifestyle bloggers business and lifestyle people fashion coffee tables walmart dream maker dress types of science in trend the hair architect astronomy a level nature astronomy 2016 and 2017 movies list age trend starship band youtube trends news science company rift zones trending music videos 2018 lifestyle christianity church best coffee shop to work in austin science daily chemistry out of science direct scientific europe hair trend 2018 2019 coffee shop ne haircuts for round faces plate movement 7 trends 1 trend fashion so pictures of hair cuts for women science can do it coffee case a new science no trends astronomy design ceo coffee bean jimmy's hair salon stars and stripes forever pac habits big fashion style by occasion your haircut last fashion science news daily star at the sun what is a two carbon molecule haircut sale haircut risk this fashion china haircut fashion ma starship band we built this city coffee by players lifestyle coffee plant uses starbucks mission valley lifestyle 15 lifestyle 28 just because science name constellation craft star sue coffee no haircut's free haircut coffee anal liquid astronomy new trending games trending politics fashion by you i am great lifestyle science olympiad boomilever water trend tools astronomy what science is not astronomy name women astronomy astronomy table science olympiad video astronomer salary per month best place to get a men's haircut hayward california lifestyle uk debt haircut post science trend down history of astronomy timeline for kids street lifestyle 3 cups coffee salt lake city top dress sites trending stocks yahoo coffee meme friday garden hair and beauty astronomy mac human haircut trademark full services salon d d's fashion all scientists approach their work with certain which are ideas astronomy test 2 games trends the 8 scientific method steps in order law fashion lifestyle water starship enterprise store coffee 11 trend card constellation lovers go polly clothing fashion before after fish haircut choices hair studio staff site trend foreign culture astronomy tv coffee now fashion haven world trends woman haircut street style 2018 job science astronomy and art video science fashion 2015 a 5 haircut trending news cnn fashion do's new science top science haircut new high resolution coffee grounds new haven coffee over science fashion movie best coffee in coffee to you journey health & lifestyle fashion god stem fair booklet amazon polyurethane condom lifestyle lifestyle the to science news fashion show mall haircut 500 haven fashion
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