June 24, 2002 - The Islands of Aegina/Poros/Hydra

We took a full day excursion aboard a ferry boat to the islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.  Aegina was highly relaxing as all we did was sit on the beach and go swimming for about two hours.  We were only on Poros for about thirty minutes so we didn't have a lot of time to see things.  Hydra was by far the prettiest island with its countless flower gardens, no motorized traffic, and donkeys everywhere. The three islands are the closest islands to Athens and are therefore a popular day trip for tourists and locals alike.

A large chuch on the island of Aegina

A large church on the island of Aegina.

Fresh fruit stalls lined the harbor.

Vegetable stalls lined the opposite side of the street.

This tiny church sits at the very tip of the pier on the island of Aegina.

Chris takes a quick snooze on a lawn chair at a beach on the island of Aegina.

So beautiful... sadly, we only had two hours to enjoy Aegina before getting back on the boat and heading to the island of Poros.

Swimmers head out to this rock for a bit of sunbathing

Swimmers head out to this rock for a bit of sunbathing.

More of the waters surrounding Aegina

More of the waters surrounding Aegina.

The charming harbor of Aegina.

The harbor on the island of Aegina was simply packed with small boats.

Houses and boats along Aegina's waterfront

Houses and boats along Aegina's waterfront.

A boat leaving Aegnina's harbour

A boat leaving Aegina's harbor.

An island we saw on our way from Aegina to Poros

An island we saw on our way from Aegina to Poros.

Another island jutting up out of the sea

Another island jutting up out of the sea.

The red shore of one of the Greek islands

The red shore of one of the Greek islands.

Nina and I trying to stay cool

Nina and I trying to stay cool.

A terraced olive grove comes right down to the water

A terraced olive grove comes right down to the water.

Beautiful houses line the Poros shoreline

Beautiful houses line the shoreline of the island of Poros.

A small square on the island of Poros

A small, picturesque, square on the island of Poros.

A monument atop a hill near the Poros harbour

A monument atop a hill near the Poros harbor.

A fortification sits near the water on Hydra

A fortification sits near the water on the island of Hydra.

The shoreline of lovely Hydra.

A boat speeds out of the Hydra harbour

A boat speeds out of the Hydra harbor.

White houses dotting the hillside

White houses dotting the hillside.

We may not have made it to the famed Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos or Crete... but the charming white houses on the island of Hydra gave us a true taste of the famed Greek Isles.

Massive walls dividing up different properties on Hydra

Massive walls dividing up different properties on Hydra.

The Hydra harbour and picturesque houses

The Hydra harbor and picturesque houses.

Simply breathtaking...

Hydra's harbor was so charming, it almost didn't seem real...

The water was a brilliant, turquoise blue.

More unique architecture

More unique architecture, both stone and white washed.

Battlements sitting in the shade of a large tree

Battlements sitting in the shade of a large tree and battered flag.

Nina stopping for a photo in a very narrow alley

Nina stopping for a photo in a very narrow alley.

Chris sits in the shade in front of a cafe.

Blue trim and colorful flowers were everywhere on Hydra

Blue trimmed houses and colorful flowers were everywhere on Hydra.

Someone's very nice flower garden

Someone's very nice flower garden.

Nina stands in a courtyard restaurant.

The white houses were sometimes hard to look at under the midday sun

The white houses were sometimes hard to look at under the midday sun.

Lone tables line the street waiting for customers to enjoy the romantic, dinning location.

Nina taking a picture

Nina taking a picture of the charming white washed houses.

More of these authentic "Greek island" houses

More of these authentic "Greek island" houses.

The only mode of transporation other than a boat or your feet on Hydra

The only mode of transportation other than a boat or your feet on Hydra.

I wish I could sleep standing up

Horses wait to take tourists and their luggage to their hotels on the island of Hydra. I wish I could sleep standing up.

Everybody takes a siesta when it's this hot out

Everybody takes a siesta when it's this hot out.

Beautiful flowers everywhere

The flowers were simply incredible!

So surreal, like a postcard.

Nina learned quickly from me to enjoy any shady spot you can find

Nina learned quickly from me to enjoy any shady spot you can find.

Enormous bush with many different hues of flowers

Enormous bush with many different hues of flowers.

Just imagine... this is some lucky person's front door!

The combinations of the colors of pink, blue and white on the island of Hydra were so lovely.

This ladder looking contraption has a cart at the bottom to bring things up

This ladder looking contraption has a cart at the bottom to bring things up the hill.

More of Hydra's amazing buildings

More of Hydra's amazing architecture.

We simply loved Hydra and could have stayed there forever!