Greece – Hydra

We only got to see Hydra from the fifth deck of Easy Cruise, as we didn’t pull all the way into the harbor and only made a brief stop for photos. However, at just a quick and initial glance, Hydra looks like a charming island. Since Hydra wasn’t listed on our itinerary, we hadn’t researched it, but the opening paragraph of our LP described the island as follows, “Hydra (ee-drah) is the diva of the Saronic Gulf islands – and knows it. The good looks of Hydra town, and the catwalk of its harbor side, still attract a resident troupe of artists, writers and fashionistas among the throng of cruise ship passengers, charter yacht crews and regular tourists. The lingering whiff of moneyed celebrity means that you may pay for the privilege of visiting, but the deal is still worthwhile. A rare bonus in modern Greece is the absence, even from Hydra Town, of scooters and rabid motorbikes. The island has no motorized transport, except for sanitation and construction vehicles. Donkeys and mules (hundreds of them) are the only means of transport. They load the air of the port with more diverting and more environmentally-friendly odors too.” Looking at Hydra Town from our boat, we wished we could have a few hours to wander around its cobble stone, narrow streets and alleyways, but alas, that will have to be another trip some day. For now, we’ll simply have to accept only being able to see Hydra from afar.

The rugged coastline of Hydra Island Initial view of Hydra's port Red tiled houses and white and pastel colored walls rise in stacked terraces above Hydra Harbor Hydra's waterfront is a buzz of activity with water taxis and fishing boats zooming in and out at high speed Hydra's harbor is quite scenic and proves very popular with visitors A view of the Historical Archives Museum of Hydra which houses a collection of portraits and naval oddments, with an emphasis on Hydra's role in the War of Independence An old windmill perched at the entrance to Hydra Town Parapet with canons; Hydra Island Close up of the clock tower and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on the waterfront A long line of donkeys and mules await passengers along Hydra's port. Due to the absence of scooters/motorbikes, donkeys and mules are the main mode of transport in Hydra Hydra Town's buildings form an amphitheater around the famously picturesque harbor, with the opening facing north. Yachts and fishing boats bob in the center Our cruise ship navigated the Gulf of Hydra to gain access to Hydra Town foto gallery lightboxby v6.1

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