Superficial Delights: Chilling in the Sun

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Artwork in a Restaurant, showing Hydra Port

I was able to take out a few days (and also enjoy some superficial delights through indulgence in cocktails and food) on a couple of  islands set in the idyllic Saronic Gulf in Greece.

Travelling to the Islands

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Piraeus, a busy shipping port on the Greek Mainland, an hour’s drive away from Athens Airport
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Boarding the Catamaran at Piraeus
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Passing the Island of Poros after a dropping off passengers.
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Poros
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Arriving on Hydra

It is fascinating that vehicles (other than waste lorries) are not allowed on Hydra, so the only form of transport are donkeys or hand-pulled carts as seen above. Most people just wheel their travel cases along the polished flagstones to their place of residence.

Food, Drink and a bit of Night-life

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Cocktails at Papagalos: A ‘Sex on the Rocks’ and a Pina Colada
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Simiako Shrimps: Prawns lightly dusted in a seasoned flour before being quickly fried
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Hand-cut fresh potato fries and zucchini fritters
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Smoked aubergine salad served with croutons and red peppers

I love the fresh, home-made style of Greek food. In wonderful Mediterranean tradition, the natural flavours of foods are subtly enhanced using fresh herbs and the use of  lemon, garlic and local olive oil. I adore aubergine salad and each restaurant has its own unique recipe and presentation, so it is always exciting to see what delicious creation will appear. Being a Brit, I am always keen on a good potato chip (fries), and my Indian roots mean that the zucchini (courgette) fritters, reminiscent of Indian pakoras are a treat.

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The Sunset Restaurant
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Views from the Sunset Restaurant as the sun starts to dip.

A couple of our meals were at the beautiful Sunset restaurant, which is a place for elegant dining in a fabulous setting. The service is excellent and the food really well-cooked and well-priced for the quality (my personal opinion). We enjoyed a delicious dish of cockles in the shell, in a slightly spicy and tangy soup. The crisp, fresh taste of the Moschifilero white wine was a great accompaniment to the seafood dishes.

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Dessert by the harbour

A favourite ice cream parlour serving home-made ice cream was by the Catamaran drop off point. This three-scoop sundae treat had strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, topped with caramelised hazelnuts and melted chocolate sauce.

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Papagalos: Serving the best cocktails on Hydra, in my humble opinion.
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Papagalos is full of atmosphere and character
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Upstairs in Papagalos is charming 

In the name of research, we went looking for the best cocktails in town and Papagalos won hands up. The cocktails were well-balanced, not too sweet nor bitter and quite artistically presented.

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A Classic Margarita and a ‘Sex on the Rocks’!
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The afternoon barman has his own style for the same two cocktails as shown above

Wonderful music is played from a professional mixing deck and is a combination of Jazz, Soul, Blues and New Funk. I asked the Papagalos barman, about the music selection and I was advised about DJ Labros who plays at Amalour, right through the summer. So on our last evening we found our way there.

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Amalour, deceptively innocent in the day but by night is a buzzing place to hear good music and have a dance to the resident DJ’s excellent selection of classy sounds.

Amalour has a red-painted, cavern-like dance-floor and bar area which looks most inviting in the evening.

I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of  wining, dining and a little frivolity without which life could be quite dull.
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