Mykonos, July 2023
Last week we went to Mykonos on a summer vacation and the island is beautiful. Mykonos City is very pretty and extremely photogenic (as you can see above) and the beaches and the water are perfect.
While life was good on the beach, getting there was risky. As it is typical for tiny touristy beach towns in southern Europe, the streets are narrow, there are no sidewalks and too many cars. Here the problem was exaggerated by the fact that hotels were sending black minibuses to pick up their guests, tourists were renting massive Jeeps and SUVs and for some reason quad bikes were very common on the streets.
The other thing, and I think this is not just a problem on Mykonos, but in all of Greece are illegal beach clubs. All beaches in Greece are public, but nevertheless beach clubs put sun loungers and parasols out and charge somewhere between 50 and 200 Euro per day for them. If you're lucky they leave 10 meters of public beach on the sides.
On one day we were taking a boat to another beach and we passed a lot of boats and this was the first time I have ever seen super-yachts up close and wow, they are disgusting. These yachts are monstrosities, they are super dark and look less like pleasure crafts and more like warships. We were feeling guilty, because this was our second vacation by plane this year and here we were watching the super rich blasting diesel into the ocean.
In the end I spent four days on the most beautiful and cliché beaches you can imagine and this radicalised me further. Whatever we do about climate change, the super rich don't give a fuck and we need to take their private jets and super-yachts, because they are not giving them up voluntary.