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The postcard conundrum

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postcard racks on Santorini

Browsing postcard racks at a souvenir shop in Oia village on Santorini

 

Travel tradition: Call me old-fashioned, but I still send postcards to family and friends when we’re vacationing in Greece. I’m talking paper postcards with handwritten messages, stamped and posted at letter collection boxes in Athens or villages on whatever island we happen to visit.  The real deal that recipients can actually hold in their hands, not a fleeting e-card or email greeting that will momentarily flash on their smartphones or computer screens!

For me, sending postcards is a fun part of our Greece travel experience — especially since I write the messages and address the cards while enjoying a glass of wine on our hotel room balcony or at a taverna with a wonderful view.

postcards pay here sign But picking the right card for each particular person on my list can be a bit daunting since the array of postcard choices is so extensive. At some souvenir stands in Athens and on a few of the islands we have visited, the selection has been simply staggering — rack after rack after rack, all packed with dozens if not even hundreds of appealing postcards.

What to choose? Scenes of beaches, mountains, landscapes, churches or villages? Images of monuments, ruins, antiquities or museum artefacts? Photos of cute cats, dogs or donkeys? Pictures of old folks in traditional garb or physically well-endowed young adults clad in skimpy bikinis or Speedos … or wearing nothing at all? (There’s usually even a few “naughty” cards with pictures of ancient pottery bearing images of two or more adults engaged in explicit sex acts.) I usually wind up purchasing more cards than I need, and bring the leftovers home as personal souvenirs.

Santorini postcardsWhat I particularly like about postcard shopping in Greece is the careful way most of the souvenir shop staff handle the cards I’ve decided to buy. They always insert the cards (and any stamps I purchase) inside either a small paper bag or a clear plastic sleeve, so the cards won’t get scuffed or bent before I have a chance to write and post them. It’s touching how some of the shopkeepers appear so grateful and proud that a visitor will be sending postcard pictures of Greece to people around the world.

The only downside to picking postcards is that I inevitably find pictures of spectacular places that I didn’t know about, or didn’t have time to see. But that just means there will always be new sites and attractions to explore on a return visit.

Kokkari postcard shop

This postcard shop in Kokkari village on Samos had the best selection I’ve seen anywhere. Besides the cards displayed outside, the shop had hundreds more to choose from inside!

 

Kokkari postcard shop

Some of the cards displayed outside the Kokkari souvenir shop.

 

Archetype souvenir shop Mykonos

A cat snoozes beneath a postcard display at the Archetype souvenir shop near the Paraportiani church in Mykonos Town

 Archetype Souvenir Shop

Night view of the Archetype souvenir shop in Mykonos Town

 

postcard racks in Mykonos Town

Postcard racks in a narrow lane in Mykonos Town

  Naxos postcards

Postcard display outside a shop on the Naxos Town waterfront

 

postcards in Oia

Postcard racks outside a souvenir shop in Oia village on Santorini

 

Mykonos postcards

Postcards on display in Mykonos Town

 

Mykonos postcards

Postcards at a Mykonos souvenir stand

 

Naxos postcards

A postcard and bookmark display at a shop in Naxos Town

Greece holiday May 2011: More Mykonos photos

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Ornos beach

Ornos Beach on May 17 2011

 

Mykonos in May: We started our 2011 holiday with a three-night visit to one of our favourite  Greek islands, Mykonos. Here are more photos from one of our island walkabouts.

 

Hotel Tagoo Mykonos

The view from Hotel Tagoo in the Tagoo district of Mykonos

 

Hotel Tagoo swimming pool

The Hotel Tagoo swimming pool in late afternoon sunshine

 

Mykonos goats

Some goats in a field in the Tagoo district of Mykonos

 

Cycladic architecture on Mykonos

An example of typical Cycladic architecture on Mykonos: a white cube building with rounded corners

 

Mykonos Town harbour

A cruise ship and a private yacht at Mykonos Town’s Old Port

 

Mykonos Town

White cube buildings on the hillside above Mykonos Town

 

Mykonos Town

A view towards the heart of Mykonos Town

 

Mykonos Town and harbour

A view of Mykonos Town’s harbour and the famous windmills at Little Venice

 

Mykonos archaeological museum

A red-domed church sits next to the Mykonos Archaeological Museum

 

Mykonos Town

The main harbourside street in Mykonos Town

 

Paraportiani church Mykonos

Paraportiani church at Little Venice

 

Little Venice area of Mykonos

Taking pics on the seaside at Little Venice

 

seaside cocktail bars at Little Venice

Enjoying the sea view from the cocktail bars at Little Venice

 

hotels in Mykonos Town

Hotels on the Tagoo district hillside above the Old Port

 

luxury yachts at Mykonos

Private luxury yachts docked at the Old Port at Mykonos Town

 

Agia Anna beach

Agia Anna beach between Platis Gialos and Paranga beaches

 

Nicholas taverna at Agia Anna beach

Nicholas taverna at Agia Anna beach

 

a church near Megali Ammos bay

A red-domed church overlooking Megali Ammos bay

 

a cove on Megali Ammos Bay

A cove below the church overlooking Megali Ammos bay

 

Megali Ammos bay

A cruise ship anchored off Mykonos Town viewed from Megali Ammos bay

 

Megali Ammos beach and bay

Megali Ammos beach and bay

 

Megali Ammos beach and bay

Hotels on the hill above Megali Ammos beach

 

Joanna's and Niko's Taverna

Joanna’s and Niko’s Taverna at Megali Ammos beach

 

Megali Ammos beach and bay

Megali Ammos beach

 

Megali Ammos beach

Megali Ammos beach

 

Mykonos Bay Hotel

The swimming pool at the Mykonos Bay Hotel

 

Mykonos coastline

The coast on the way to Ornos Beach

 

Ornos beach

Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Lounge chairs and umbrellas on Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Looking down on the Ornos beach area

 

a church at Ornos beach

A church on a hillside above Ornos beach

 

Ornos bay on Mykonos

Ornos bay on Mykonos

 

Ornos bay

Ornos bay