Mykonos, Part 11, Oasis Garden

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Oasis – it’s a word that conjures up a haven of palms and endless sands, or at least shade and a pool in a parched landscape. The Oasis Garden Restaurant in Mykonos has neither palms nor ponds. But, tucked into the corner of a square overhung with bougainvillea and surrounded by neat blue and white houses, the Oasis Garden with its flowered, sheltered courtyard, is a haven of hospitality.

It’s at Oasis Garden that we spend our last evening on Mykonos. It’s a quiet Sunday night and until a quartet of young Brits drops in for a night cap, we’re the only customers. So the entire place is ours. We are at home, or at least at the home of old friends or neighbours. The meal is beautiful – from the tazsiki, taramasalata and Greek bread at the beginning, to the baklava at the end. The service is impeccable, the setting exquisite and the ambience wonderful. It’s a perfect last supper.

Mykonos, Part 10, Mykonos Fashion

While traditional textile weaving has declined until only two looms still clack away on Mykonos, fashion has found its own unique expression here and it’s booming.

Salachas
Salachas

In colours reflecting the bleached Cycladic houses, the bright Aegean sea and the clear Mediterranean sky, Mykonos style favours soft, light pure cottons or linens, in shapes fitted to the hot summer sun and the relaxed lifestyle.

Boutiques line the narrow laneways of Chora. Tailors and machinists beaver away still in back rooms and upstairs studios. Many have been here since the early days of tourism on the island. Many have outfitted some very famous figures

Salachas, in Georgiouli Street, is a small shop, crammed with linen and cotton garments all of Greek materials and all locally made. Grandfather Joseph Salachas was a tailor in the 1960s and among his clients were Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. It was who dreamed up the iconic knotted, bare-midriff shirt for movie star Jean Seburg.

Today, Joseph Salacha’s descendants keep up the tradition. His grand-daughter helped me to outfit three little chaps in beautiful blue and white striped shirts, teamed with soft white cotton three quarter pants.

You can find Salachas at:

  • 58 K. Georgeouli St., Mykonos Town, Mykonos 84600
  • Phone: 22890/22710