An island called Hydra

IMG_8911 IMG_8920 IMG_8928 IMG_8954 IMG_8959 IMG_8964 IMG_8969 IMG_8971 IMG_8930-tileHydra 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.

A Greek Paradise

 

IMG_8274-tile IMG_8306 IMG_8337 IMG_8385 IMG_8513-tile IMG_8733 IMG_8685 IMG_8679 IMG_8622-tile IMG_8579 IMG_8559 IMG_8415 IMG_8271Santorini may have earned its name as the most popular and visited Greek island, and rightly so. We had planned in advance to make our way south to Santorini in September to discover for ourselves if this island truly lives up to its hype. We were sold.

In short, Santorini is an island for lovers, posers and sun revellers. Honeymooners, newlyweds (literally, as some choose to say ‘I do’ on this island), couples both young and old flock to this magical island to bask in the glow of love and sunshine.  The blue domed churches which I’ve seen countless of times in pictures appear even more enchanting when seen right before my eyes that a million photos were in order. Everyone had the same idea, so popular picture spots often had a queue to get your turn for a picture.

And the caldera was truly breathtaking. That was the icing on the cake that we did not see happen. I knew about the charming buildings and churches, but oh my, the caldera catapulted Santorini into the top spot of the most naturally beautiful places we’ve seen.