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Greek Islands, May 2012

4th-6th May 2012

Boarding a car ferry at Piraeus port. The ferry is called the 'Katerina Star'.Boarding a car ferry at Piraeus port. The ferry is called the ‘Katerina Star’.

Passengers on the deck of the ferry.Passengers on the deck of the ferry.

Spetses Island, Saronic Gulf

Cafés and restaurants in Spetses town.Cafés and restaurants in Spetses town.

A narrow side street.A narrow side street.

Outside Soleil Hotel.Outside Soleil Hotel.

Looking out to sea. The Peloponnese, Mainland Greece away in the far distance.Looking out to sea. The Peloponnese, Mainland Greece away in the far distance.

Outside a small café.Outside a small café.

On the beach in Spetses.On the beach in Spetses.

Sea front, Spetses. It's known as Dápia.Sea front, Spetses. It’s known as Dápia.

A horse and cart passing by on the road. They offer excursions around the town to tourists.A horse and cart passing by on the road. They offer excursions around the town to tourists.

A pleasant back street in Spetses.A pleasant back street in Spetses.

Outside the Kapodistrian Intellectual House. It is a library and cultural centre.Outside the Kapodistrian Intellectual House. It is a library and cultural centre.

Attractive doorway to a house. Flowers and plants.Attractive doorway to a house.

Tatiana sitting in front of the War Memorial of the Spetses Navy. There is a plaque with an emblem containing a cross, anchor, snake and owl, plus the words 'Freedom or death' in Greek.Tatiana sitting in front of the War Memorial of the Spetses Navy. There is a plaque with an emblem containing a cross, anchor, snake and owl, plus the words ‘Freedom or death’ in Greek.

A canon, part of the memorial.A canon, part of the memorial.

Courtyard outside the Cathedral and Monastery of Ayios Nikolaos.Courtyard outside the Cathedral and Monastery of Ayios Nikolaos.

The island’s cathedral is of great historical importance as it was here where the island’s independence flag was raised on 3rd April 1821. It was also here where the dead body of Paul Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, who came to Greece to fight on the side of Greeks, was allegedly kept in a barrel of rum for three whole years!

Decorative stone paving outside the cathedral.Decorative stone paving outside the cathedral.

View looking down at the sea from near the cathedral.View looking down at the sea from near the cathedral.

The cathedral and the blue dome of the Church of the Spetses Martyrs opposite.The cathedral and the blue dome of the Church of the Spetses Martyrs opposite.

Tatiana outside the cathedral.Tatiana outside the cathedral.

Looking up at the cathedral's bell tower.Looking up at the cathedral’s bell tower.

Harbour front promenade with a statue of Laskarina Bouboulina (1771 – 1825).Harbour front promenade with a statue of Laskarina Bouboulina (1771 – 1825). She was a naval commander and heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

Harbour front view.Harbour front view.

The Poseidonion Grand Hotel on the harbour front.The Poseidonion Grand Hotel on the harbour front.

Tony and Tatiana by the Laskarina Bouboulina statue.Tony and Tatiana by the Laskarina Bouboulina statue.

Outside a small church in a narrow street.Outside a small church in a narrow street.

A café by the harbour.A café by the harbour.

Tatiana relaxing at the café.Tatiana relaxing at the café.

Hydra Island, Saronic Gulf

5th May 2012

Very close to Spetses Island.

Harbour at Hydra.Harbour at Hydra.

People boarding a boat moored in the harbour.People boarding a boat moored in the harbour.

View across the harbour towards boats and the town opposite.View across the harbour towards boats and the town opposite.

A boat in the harbour.A boat in the harbour.

An attractive view of Hydra town raising up above the harbour.An attractive view of Hydra town raising up above the harbour.

A café next to the harbour.A café next to the harbour.

Another view of the harbour side.Another view of the harbour side.

Shops by the harbour.Shops by the harbour.

Outside Hydra Cathedral, which is centrally located at the back of the harbour.Outside Hydra Cathedral, which is centrally located at the back of the harbour. The cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is also part of a monastery. It dates from after 1774 when the original church was destroyed by an earthquake.

The cathedral's entrance portico.The cathedral’s entrance portico.

A short passageway leading to a courtyard at the cathedral. The cathedral museum is located here.A short passageway leading to a courtyard at the cathedral. The cathedral museum is located here.

Another passageway going beneath the cathedral’s bell tower through to the harbour.Another passageway going beneath the cathedral’s bell tower through to the harbour.

Tony and Tatiana by the base of the cathedral’s bell tower.Tony and Tatiana by the base of the cathedral’s bell tower.

Tatiana in a side street. Postcards for sale.Tatiana in a side street. Postcards for sale.

Outside a derelict building. Nice colour and texture on the old door and wall.Outside a derelict building. Nice colour and texture on the old door and wall.

Tatiana sitting on a wall, a back street in Hydra.Tatiana sitting on a wall, a back street in Hydra.

Looking towards a war memorial. It is built of stone with canons at either side.Looking towards a war memorial. It is built of stone with canons at either side.

A small square in a residential area.A small square in a residential area.

A small shop selling fruit and nuts.A small shop selling fruit and nuts.

Tatiana outside a building. Hellenic Postbank.Tatiana outside a building. Hellenic Postbank.

Boats in Hydra’s harbour.Boats in Hydra’s harbour.

Outside a ladies’ clothes shop, on the main street, by the harbour.Outside a ladies’ clothes shop, on the main street, by the harbour.

People eating and drinking at covered tables by the harbour.People eating and drinking at covered tables by the harbour.

View of the harbour from a café.View of the harbour from a café.

Another view at the harbour side.Another view at the harbour side.

Back in Spetses

6th May 2012

The clock tower in Rologioú Square, Spetses.The clock tower in Rologioú Square.