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The Anti Athens
30 Oct 2016     Athens, Hydra, Greece     More photos   
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The Anti Athens      
30 Oct 2016       Athens, Hydra, Greece       Hydra, Greece photos    
 
 
 
 

This morning we left Athens for Hydra. Unfortunately we were mugged on the metro, on the way to the ferry terminal in Piraeus. Maybe mugged is strong but it was more than a pick pocketing; it involved physical conflict, Paul and I versus several others. We weren't hurt and all we lost was a passport but it put a damper on the day.

Hydra

Anyway, our final Greek stop is Hydra. We took the sinister-looking Flyingcat 4 from Piraeus to the town of Hydra which is on the island of the same name. It's a rocky island with maybe 3,000 inhabitants almost all of whom live in the town.

So what's so interesting about Hydra? It's as laid back, as bucolic, as non hustle bustle as can be, the anti Athens. At first glance it's a typical picturesque Greek port, stone buildings climbing a hillside and wrapping around a port filled with colorful boats of all shapes and sizes, fishing and pleasure and transport. But what is unusual about Hydra is that it has no automobiles, no motorscooters, they don't even have bicycles. (How do you forbid bicycles?) All transportation is by foot, hand cart, boat, or donkey.

Weather permitting we'll spend the next couple days exploring the island on foot then we'll start our journey home. I confess that at the moment home sounds pretty good.

 
 
 
 
 
Boarding the Flyingcat 4 for Hydra 
The motorcyclist on the right, from the Hellenic Coast Guard, was a comforting site after the events of the morning.
 
 
 
 
Boarding the Flyingcat 4 for Hydra 
The motorcyclist on the right, from the Hellenic Coast Guard, was a comforting site after the events of the morning.
 
 
 
 
Boarding the Flyingcat 4 for Hydra 
The motorcyclist on the right, from the Hellenic Coast Guard, was a comforting site after the events of the morning.
 
 
 
The Flyingcat 4 
 
 
 
 
The Flyingcat 4 
 
 
 
 
The Flyingcat 4 
 
 
 
The Flyingcat 4 
 
 
 
 
The Flyingcat 4 
 
 
 
 
The Flyingcat 4 
 
 
 
Hydra harbour 
 
 
 
 
Hydra harbour 
 
 
 
 
Hydra harbour 
 
 
 
View from hotel  
The Greek town of Metochi, on the mainland, is visible in the distance, across the water.
 
 
 
 
View from hotel  
The Greek town of Metochi, on the mainland, is visible in the distance, across the water.
 
 
 
 
View from hotel  
The Greek town of Metochi, on the mainland, is visible in the distance, across the water.
 
 
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