After an eventful travel day, we were excited to finally arrive to Hydra! We stayed at Mistral Hotel, which we found through trip advisor, and it was a great find! *Most of these pictures of the outside of the hotel (below) are from the morning after our original arrival, hence why it is light outside.
The hotel was just over a 5 minute walk from the port area, tucked cutely behind a courtyard.
The outdoor courtyard had some cozy seating areas and was used for breakfast (homemade and served by the innkeeper each morning):
Inside, there was a small lounge area with additional seating and a welcome desk.
The hallways were decorated with Greece-themed art:
And the room was clean and comfortable. Our room had a nice view looking down onto the garden!
The night of our arrival, by the time we unloaded all our stuff at the hotel, it was past 9:00 and we still needed dinner. We made our way to a nearby taverna recommended by the innkeeper.
Tavernas are a popular sort of eatery in Greece, and guests seem to generally share salads, mezes, wine, and an entree or two. We were excited to try some of the Greek cuisine, so we may have been a bit overzealous when ordering.
From the salad/mezes part of the menu, we ordered a greek salad (normally I don’t love Greek salad because I typically don’t like feta cheese, but the feta in Greece tasted great!!), fried cheese (we think it was halloumi), and zucchini balls. Some bread with olive oil also came with the food:
For entrees, we shared fish and eggplant imam which is roasted eggplant, onions, tomato, and cheese:
Everything was delicious! We knew the fish was super fresh too because we selected it ourselves from an ice display outside the restaurant:
We weren’t quite sure how to debone it, but I think we managed pretty well. 🙂
To drink, we shared a small bottle of the house white wine:
During the meal, a fellow group of diners started playing music and singing, and we enjoyed listening to the music and seeing the group have so much fun:
Prior to arriving to Greece, Noah and I read in the guide book that there a lot of stray cats in Greece (like in Israel). Unlike in Israel, however, the Greece cats like to cozy up to people and often go right next to cafe tables and shops. The book said that it can be hard to resist giving the cats food but that it’s important to restrain the temptation because restaurant owners don’t like it if their guests end up feeding the cats. We didn’t know what was so hard to resist about feeding the cats until this fellow showed up next to Noah and looked at him like this…
…the whole meal!
Nonetheless, the meal was great and we had a really fun evening. When we finished, the waiter brought us a small free dessert as well (some sort of cinnamon pudding maybe?).
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