Before it was discovered by tourism in the 1950’s, the island of Mykonos had it rough economically. This island, part of the Cyclades series of Greek islands and islets in the Mediterranean sea, is small, rocky and dry. The sun shines 80% of the year, a different “wind” blows every season – the Sirocco in the winter and the Meltemi in the summer – there are no rivers in its 85 square miles, and there is little natural water. For centuries , the inhabitants lived off the sea with fishing and ship building, and from their livestock, carving out an existence on granite land with few if any trees. Today the island is a thriving mecca for tourists.