Hydra: exploring

On Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to greet our first full day in Hydra! Arriving after dark the night before, we were eager to see what the town looked like in the daylight and enjoy some of the beautiful views we read were so ubiquitous on the island.

Before heading out, we fueled up on the amazing breakfast offered by Mistral Hotel. The breakfast is included for all guests and was home-cooked and served each morning. Breakfast was served in the outdoor courtyard, and we received quite a spread.

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As soon, as we were seated we were brought small glasses of pea soup, shortly followed by bread, fruit, coffee, juice, cereal, breakfast pudding, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes/cheese, sweet bread, a noodle/cheese bake, and cheese sandwiches:

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WOW! We did not come anywhere close to finishing all the food. Once fully sated, we headed out to get a better look around Hydra:

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No cars are allowed on Hydra, so everything is very close and walkable. The walkways are primarily cobblestone and the houses are almost all white stucco with ceramic roof tiles:

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Because cars aren’t allowed, mules and donkeys are used to transport supplies, and we saw lots of food loaded onto flat crates and placed on wheels for transport:

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The town center is the port where there seemed to be a constant flow of business and pleasure boats and ferries, and the dock was lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes:

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The water was amazingly clear:

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After checking out the town center and marveling at how adorable the island was, we got started on our primary activity for the day: a hike up Mt. Eros. Before the trip, Noah looked up some information about hiking during the vacation, and we thought this would be the perfect activity to fill a day on an island. The information Noah found said that hiking Mt. Eros would lead to a gorgeous view of all of Hydra (and more!). The trail would also bring us past two monasteries.

Excited and sunscreened…ready to make the climb:

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The first part of the hike was through cobblestoned neighborhoods, but after awhile it transitioned to forested and rocky trails:

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Higher and higher…

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After about two hours of climbing, we finally reached the top.

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Holy cow – the views were AMAZING!

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There was even a bell at the top to ring. 🙂

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Hydra: arrival and Mistral Hotel

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.

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The outdoor courtyard had some cozy seating areas and was used for breakfast (homemade and served by the innkeeper each morning):

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Inside, there was a small lounge area with additional seating and a welcome desk.

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The hallways were decorated with Greece-themed art:

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And the room was clean and comfortable. Our room had a nice view looking down onto the garden!

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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.

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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:

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For entrees, we shared fish and eggplant imam which is roasted eggplant, onions, tomato, and cheese:

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Everything was delicious! We knew the fish was super fresh too because we selected it ourselves from an ice display outside the restaurant:

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We weren’t quite sure how to debone it, but I think we managed pretty well. 🙂

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To drink, we shared a small bottle of the house white wine:

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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:

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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…

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…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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1. Getting There