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A very long day but most enjoyable, at least in the early stages. An early morning start by coach to the port where we boarded our vessel. Lots of people, crew jovial & well-organised. Two hours relaxing on the open air shaded top deck before arriving at Hydra - a charming lively port, no cars, just boats & donkeys. Spent an hour wandering past the quaint (touristy) shops & laneways then relaxed at one ...
... wash every now and then we felt able to leave the boat and check out the town.
It is such a busy little place, quite a crossroads with boats, ferries, water taxis, water barges, dinghies, fishing boats all coming and going. Both up and down the channel and across to the mainland. It almost needs traffic lights. But whistle blowing and shouting seems to do the trick.
... to arrive (I was getting concerned that we’d have to leave the meal when the boat arrived). Unfortunately, Colin (our Guide) had a picnic lunch at the dock, as he was "guarding" our luggage.
While we were waiting for lunch to arrive, some of the local dogs wandered by looking for "handouts", and one in particular was in very bad condition (we tried to give him some water and a bit of food, but he didn’t respond).
After lunch I had ...
... up in the hills. After checking out a couple monastaries, we headed toward a different trail from the one we came up on and walked back into town.
The nest two days were variations on the same theme of walking around part of the day, hanging out in the room for the afternoon, then having a nice dinner in the evening. My traveling companion had consumed enough Greek salad for the duration of the trip already, so we settled into several evenings at a wonderful Italian ...
One of our day trips from Nafplio was to Epidavros. This is a small town that is home to the world's best-preserved ancient Greek theater and an ancient healing sanctuary.
The theater was built in the 4th century B.C. and has 56 rows of limestone seats that can seat up to 15,000 people. It’s especially famous for its amazing acoustics. You can stand on a small, circular piece of stone ...