While in Athens, I signed on for a day cruise of three Greek islands: Poros, Hydra and Aegina. The day started badly. The bus was almost an hour late picking me up. I was given no explanation, though I’d gotten up ridiculously early just to sit and wait for them. Then as soon as we stepped outside the hotel, a police officer began yelling at me! Since I don’t speak Greek, I have no idea what he was saying. The tour guide did little to protect me, and the officer finally realized I didn’t understand him and apparently I wasn’t the person he thought I was anyway. When I asked the guide, she just said, “mistake.”
When we got to the boat, there was a problem with my reservation. I had all my paperwork, but was the last to board the ship. I walked up the gangplank, quickly as they almost removed it before I’d crossed. Angry eyes were on me as we left the port late, as though it were my fault! The day got better, but it was an hour before I could mentally leave the morning behind.
I was able to get some good photos, though.
According to the trip brochure:
Poros: The smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town.
Hydra: The islands’ (sic) amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. As soon as you disembark, it’s all there: the small narrow stone-paved streets waiting to be explored on foot or by the island’s traditional “vehicle” the saddled donkey. Captivating walks along the old seaside promenade, crystal clear waters and radiant traditional fine-craft shops.
Aegina: Aegina is the largest of the three islands. Apart from its harbor there are numerous interesting sites to discover on the island….[including] the Temple of Aphaia which is the best preserved temple in Greece.
I’ve made it safely back from Greece! I took about 500 photos, so it’s taken me a few days to sort through them. I’m also battling my usual after-trip-virus, so I’m moving slowly. This is the first of my Greece photos and I’m starting with the best known ancient feature of the city.
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.