The boat was cutting through a liquid sapphire as it sped towards the island of Hydra.
The sky above us, cloudless.
The Mediterranean sun, intense.
It is summer in Greece.
And we were heading to a Greek island.
|The Sapphire Sea|
|Leaving Metochi for Hydra|
|The coastal road to Metochi; guardrails festooned in oleander|
This is why we sold our home of 30 years put our old life in a storage unit in the far away U.S. Pacific Northwest and moved to a full-time life in Greece.
A road trip that takes you to a Greek island. No bottom-numbing airplane journeys. No huge suitcases.
Simply a whim and and overnight bag.
|Ferry from Metochi arrives at Hydra harbor|
The last time we stayed here was on a blustery night in late October a few years ago. That time of year, fFew commercial establishments were open. We followed a local man who greeted the ferry with a sign ‘rooms for rent’ to his hotel. The sheets were thin; the room clean. The island, simply magical. We vowed to return one day.
We were charmed then by the fact that no motorized vehicles (except a tiny garbage truck) are allowed on the island. You walk or hire a donkey, horse or water taxi to get around. The harbor area is so compact it is easy to get around on foot.
|Aperol Spritz break for harbor-watching|
This time of year bars, restaurants, coffee shops and ice cream parlors ring the harbor with outside seating. . .perfect places to sit and soak up the ambiance of Greek island life. Mega yachts share the harbor with the village fishing fleet (fishing and sponge gathering were once major industries here but now tourism takes top billing.) Ferries and water taxis buzz in and out like busy bees.
|Name your destination and these fellows will get you there|
|Mega yachts always add a touch of class to a harbor|
|Hyrdra Harbor at night|
Nighttime scenes and sounds are only surpassed by early morning when the pack horses arrive to take loads from supply ships.
|Heading to the harbor in Hydra|
|Just one more for balance. . .|
|Just a bit more . . .|
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