We almost didn’t go to Hydra because the travel guides/sites always mentioned the ritzy vibe with jet setters on Hydra. Other than a couple yachts docked in the harbor that probably cost more than the GDP of Greece, it was a very chill place. Hydra ended up being perfect for me – friendly locals, awesome hiking and swimming, and no cars on the island. Not really even any roads except in town. I love that there are no motorized vehicles on the island. But lots of donkeys! Your transportation choices are your feet or a donkey ride. Seriously, donkeys are the only other mode of travel. I loved Hydra, but with over 2000 Greek islands left to explore, I probably won’t be back anytime soon but highly recommend it if you love walking/hiking and a laid back vibe.
I know a lot of people are nervous about traveling in Europe right now because of recent terrorist attacks, but I feel as safe in Europe as I do in the States. But petty theft is more common in a lot of the cities in Europe. My wallet got lifted in the subway in Athens on the day we traveled back from Hydra. Lost some cash and had to call and canx a couple credit cards. No biggie in an otherwise wonderful trip. What I was most bummed about was losing with my wallet a copy of the Lord’s Prayer Meghan gave me years ago and also a quote I loved that I found in an art musuem on Vancouver Island on a trip with Amanda. Funny how the pain in the ass stuff can be a reminder to me of how lucky I am. I guess the lesson in this for me is that I need to transition from the laid back island vibe to city mode once I step back into that part of the world.
Maybe it’s because I was coming from Paris, but I got a little tired of Greek food after a few weeks.
All images were created with the Leica Q. My new fav camera.