We woke up early and packed up our things. We are leaving Athens today and headed to the island of Hydra (EE-drah) today. Our ferry leaves Piraeus Harbor at 10 AM. The ticket says we should be there 1 hour early, so we ordered an Uber at 8:20 AM and arrived at the port at 9 AM. After some confusion, we found where our ferry will be arriving, and boarded right on time. Check out our ferry. It is a catamaran that travels at 28 knots (32 miles per hour)....pretty cool.
We made a brief stop at the island of Poros and arrived at Hydra right at noon. As soon as we disembarked we were greeted by donkeys. This is because the island of Hydra doesn't have any cars, so donkeys are used to transport peoples luggage to their hotels. They are also used to transport groceries, building supplies, and anything else that needs to be carried throughout the island.
Since we pack light, with only backpacks, we passed the donkeys and headed straight to our hotel. What a beautiful building right on the town square.
We dropped our bags and headed out to do Rick Steves "Hydra Harbor Walk." First we have to walk to the start, just passed where the ferry dropped us off and climb up to the lookout. Here are some scenes from the walk to the lookout:
We made it to the start of the walk, and tested out the iPhone's panoramic ability:
What great views up here. Tim is pointing a view out.
After spending some time soaking in the view, we continued Rick Steves walk followed by more walking around the island and taking in the sites. Hydra is beautiful with narrow cobblestone walkways and beautiful buildings.
We stumbled on a taverna and decided to have an late lunch around 2:30 PM. Isn't this a cute looking place?
We shared a Greek salad. Tim ordered his first moussaka in Greece and I had spanakopita (spinach pie). Delicious!
After lunch we went back to the hotel to chill a bit. During the walk, Rick Steves told us to to to Flora's Pastry Shop and order galaktoboureko. If Rick Steves tells us to do something, we do it. I ordered the galaktoboureko and Tim got a piece of baklava. Holy cow...the were so good!!!
After the dessert headed to the harbor and found the perfect table on the harbor front to watch people and boats come and go.
Since we had an early morning, we called it an early night, went back to the hotel room, watched some TV, and went to bed. Tomorrow we have more exploring of Hydra to do.