REALM OF THE UMBRELLA
“There’s a Mykonian saying that goes: ‘Dance away, Marou / But bear your home in mind.’ Dance, yes, as much as is proper and permissible, but also make sure to love this place, lest it falls down around our ears,” writes Panayiotis Kousathanas, a researcher of local customs and history. But have the locals been bearing Mykonos in mind? This “river” of tourism can never be reversed. The island’s biggest and most beautiful beaches, like Kalafati (seen below), are now covered in umbrellas and loungers, end to end.