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Oct 4th, 2007
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We arrived at Hydra sometime late in the evening. Kriss had talked to some guy on the boat, who had explained to him that we all should, despite the writing on the tickets, stay in the boat and go as far as Spetses (apparently this would not be a problem?). Turns out Hydra has no sandy beaches, only stony ones, something we weren't expecting.

The Hydra town was great though. It had a bulky fortress like feel, which is due to the fact that it used to serve as an important port some time back. Or at least that's how the inhabitants here like to feel.

The great thing about Hydra is a ban on all motorized land transport. Everything in town has to be carried around on mules, donkeys or your back. The place is pretty compact, so this is generally not much of a problem, and an island with no cars is definitely makes for a nice place to visit.





We found a guy who was willing to give us a room at his hotel for 60 euros a room, but we weren't willing to go for that rate. I explained to him that we had come on the last boat, there were no more tourists, so he really has only something to gain by giving us a room for 40 euros, but he didn't cave in and we walked off.

On the other side of town, we found a free family run place. We agreed on 40 euros a room, but that didn't stop them from bickering the next morning over how much we should pay. Being northerners, we didn't even bother engaging in a meaningful conversation, gave them the sum we agreed on, and just walked off. Some shouting after us ensued.





Donkeys like this carry around all the stuff:



Boats like this act like water taxis and take people around from island to island to mainland:


Richard managed to step on one of these - OUCH!



Here's our boat in full action:



The beach was stony, but we didn't care. We had a great relaxing time, and in the evening packed our stuff and went back to Athens, were spent the last night, only to fly home on the next day!

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