May 04, 2013

Cruising the Greek Islands

On the first weekend my dad was here visiting we took a cruise to the Greek Islands.  There's a great One Day Cruise that gets you out to 3 different islands.  It's nice because it gives you a little taste of different places - all in one day.  A great thing for us - although it was quite a long day.  We left the apartment at 6 AM and weren't back until 9 PM.  But we saw a lot!

We caught the boat down at the harbor and from there you could see all the buildings of Athens on the hills.  The ship had people from all over the world on it - Americans, Russians, Chinese, and - Brazilians!  Hearing the portuguese was a little slice of home.  And of course when there was dancing on the boat - the Brazilians were the first to join in - and then got everyone doing the samba!

The requisite "coming on board" picture.

The ship took us to three islands - Hydra, Poros and Aegina.

First stop was Hydra.

It's a beautiful island and one of the few that doesn't have cars.  There are just little winding paths throughout town and up the hillside.

Lot's of little shops and wonderful tavernas where you can sit and enjoy the sea and have some Greek beer.

Next stop was the island of Poros.  It's a tiny island with the town spread on either side of a waterway.

The last island we visited was Aegina.  It's quite close to Athens - in fact many people live there and commute to Athens by ferry.  The island is fairly big and is know for it's pistachio groves.  We got some and they were wonderful.

It's also known for its Temple of the Goddess Aphaia.  This temple forms the third point in an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.  We took a tour up to see it - great views and you can see the temples in Athens and Sounion from there.

And then we visited the church of St. Nectarios which is also on the island.

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