Hydra is a charming little island not far from Athens and makes for a popular day trip from the Greek capital. Surrounded by the clear azure blue waters of the Mediterranean, this island is free of cars and motor vehicles. Donkeys and mules are the main form of transportation adding to the charm of this place. Cats equal the number of local residents and seem to know how to work their charm around visitors. Our day in Hydra allowed us plenty of relaxation as we wandered the streets of the sleepy town, read a book in a cafe and dip our feet in the refreshing waters of the sea.