- Posted August 20, 2013 by
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Summer Splash & Dash
Athens in August is hot, but relatively empty. To escape from her fumes and angst, the majority of Greeks usually take their summer holiday at this time of year and leave for their preferred islands. Last week, I went for a one day cruise and the three islands I visited are Hydra, Poros and Aegina— the perfect islands for a day trip but in my opinion they’re more than that.
Hydra is a beautiful island, which has no cars at all and the island’s traditional means of transport is the saddled donkey. This island is not only the favourite resort of the international jet-set, but also is favored by creative minds: writers, poets, painters, craftsmen and photographers as well, because of its uniqueness and unparalleled beauty that has been preserved ‘til these days. Hydra was the former home of Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.
Poros is covered with pine and lemon trees and its skyline is under the thump of the Clock Tower, which looms over the waterfront of quaint cafes, bars and restaurants. To describe Poros best, let me quote American writer Henry Miller "If I should ever attain the fulfilment which the Buddhists speak of, if I should ever have the choice of attaining Nirvana or remaining behind to guide those who come, I say now let me remain behind, let me hover as a gentle spirit above the roofs of Poros and look down upon the voyager with a smile of peace and good cheer."
Aegina, it was known originally as Inoni, Inona or Inopiia, is the biggest island of the Saronic Gulf and was the first capital city of Greece after the War of Independence for a short period of time 1828-1829. According to Greek myth, the island got its name, Aegina, from the most beautiful daughters of Asopos, the river god. Zeus, the king of the gods, fell in love with Aegina and abducted her. Aeacus was the son of Zeus and Aegina, and he was the grandfather of Achilles, the legendary warrior in the Trojan War. Aegina is also known for its pistachio's nuts, and the harvest of the pistachio is celebrated every year in September with "The Aegina Fistiki Festival". The Myrmidons (or the “ant-people” in Greek) were Aegina’s first residents.
It’s truly a great joy to visit these unique islands of relaxation and recreation. So nice to be close to the sea during the hottest months of the year!