Ferry Cruise: Hydra, Poros, Aegina
Greece's #1 economic product is tourism and they have it down to a science! Our tour guide met us in the early morning hours at our hotel, whisked us to the port and by 9:00 am, we were on-board a ferry, listening to live Greek tunes and considering the viability of ouzo for breakfast.
The first stop on this all-day cruise was the island of Hydra This is the Greece in magazines and travel guides! Hydra is best explored on foot or donkey (no cars on this island). From the port, everywhere is "up", with rewarding views of the Mediterranean Sea. We spent about 2 hours in Hydra, which included lunch and a toe dip in the salty grecian waters.
The ferry then headed to Poros, about an hour from Hydra. If I ever move to Greece to write a novel, Poros will be my home. It is a tiny island, calm and artsy.
Aegina was our final island stop. Much bigger than the other two islands, Aegina has a "lived in" feel. Our tour included a bus shuttle to the Temple of Athena, stopping briefly at the Byzantine Church of Saint Nectarios on the way back to the port.