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Sunday's New York Times has one of those nifty "36 Hours" stories on the Greek island of Mykonos, doling out sage advice on where and when to drink, eat, party, and sleep. According to the newspaper of record, the island's tourist infrastructure has crept upscale over the past few years, following a bleak period "not so long ago" of overcrowding and atrophy.
We can't debate the differences between Mykonos now and Mykonos when Jackie O discovered it, but know one thing for sure: the place is spectacular, whether or not it's currently in vogue with the A-list travel set (whoever they are). After a five-day visit to the island few years ago, we concluded that you'd really have to have something wrong with you if you couldn't have a good time in Mykonos. From the winding, pedestrian-only streets of the old town to some of the best beaches in the Aegean, it's (almost) everybody's idea of a summertime paradise. Everybody under fifty, in any case.
Sadly, we recently received an email tip from the Greeks that does not disprove the urban myth, as a matter of fact it corroborates it:
In reply to your blog article about the Myconos pelican Petros I that is sadly true. The sexual offender and bird lover was allegedly either a drunk German tourist OR an Egyptian sailor who was caught, charged, and convicted after his confession.
Apparently we can add drunk German tourists and Egyptian sailors to the list of bird fuckers.