Photo Essay: Exploring Hydra, the Greek Isle

Just over an hour’s ferry ride from Athens, the island of Hydra is must on any Grecian getaway. While some of the larger islands are flooded with tourists, Hydra has managed to maintain its traditional look and feel. Life moves a little slower on the island, but those who make the journey will be privy to the city’s quaint cobblestone streets, friendly faces, and an influx of donkeys used for transportation.

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This was our view as my family and I arrived at the harbor.

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I snapped a pic of a local man getting around in style during our first meal on the island.

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Cats run rampant around the island, but the most they want from you is a pat on the back and maybe some leftover strips of lamb from your evening gyro.

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Small white houses dot Hydra’s hillsides, catching the sunlight and characterizing island life as light and breezy.

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I was tempted to bring a feline friend home but Jay’s allergic.

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Local restaurants can be found hiding behind random alley doorways, and if you’re fortunate enough to find your way into a yia-yia’s kitchen, seize the opportunity and run like Zeuss to his thunderbolts in the midst of war.

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Hydra’s waterfront is the heart of the city. Spend some time hanging out in the harbor and you’ll see fisherman bringing tonight’s dinner.

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Although not as speedy as their Italian counterpart, the Vespa, donkeys are still an efficient way to get around in Greece. But brace yourself to trek down slippery stones and uneven terrain-donkeys can be real asses when it comes to tossing off their riders.

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Another shot of a Greek restaurant. If you can’t read the language, just point to a dish that looks good- you can’t go wrong when it comes to Greek food.

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We visited during the World Cup and tried to watch as many Greek games as possible.

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This spot turned out to be our favorite eatery on the island.Yassas, Bratsera!

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This is me trying to look thugged out in Greek gear. It worked…kind of?

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We climbed to the top of a hill to watch the sun go down and happened upon this seemingly random art installation.

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Jay was back home in the States but I carved our initials into the arrangement-she was really excited when I sent her the picture.

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There’s nothing quite like watching the sun set in Greece.

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Definitely my favorite shot of the trip, here we have the entire harbor as day turns to night. Until next time, Hydra, stay beautiful.

 

This article has 2 comments

  1. Moritz Reply

    I’ve never heard of Hydra before, but it looks even better than Crete. Thanks for sharing all these great photos! :)

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