Nope! I’m already here in Japan, but I’m not done posting my Greece travelogues. As a matter of fact, I still have plenty more to share. I’ll try my darnest to stay or keep up this pace of posting blogs.
… And here’s one of the few unique places in Greece.
Hydra, an island with no automobile in sight. No motorcycle. No bus. Not even a golf cart. 🙂 Nada!
Mules, donkeys, and horses are their only means of transportation.
Thinking about it, this must be hard for a community. No trucks: no concrete mixer truck, no crane truck, not even an ice truck 😀 . People here have heavy stuffs inside their places: fridge, couch, bed, chairs, tables, all the basic berthing needs. Residents here must be pro heavy-lifters 😀 . They do use wagons, but it’s still hard to imagine the effort it takes to transport and carry those heavy things.
But to really think about it, that is how they did it back in the very old days. This may look awful to some people, animals being used for labor, but this was their function when cars weren’t invented yet. The island is so tiny anyways – 52 km square. They don’t really need cars. This system is absolutely feasible for such a small area.
A little digression …. since I’m on the topic of animals.
What I really feel bad about is how these horses are working hard while there are plenty of cats on the island that are just laying around. 😀
Just kidding. I actually had my newfangled adoration for cats from living in Greece for a year. I “adopted” three cats on my apartment while I was there.
I named them Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Bwahahahaha! 😀
Now back to Hydra …
The only motorized vehicle allowed on the island is – are you ready? – a dump truck. I’m thinking it’s probably because of some waste management and sanitation requirements. But then again, horse poop control is constantly in place. 😀
… And they do allow water taxis for transportation, and water vessels to the port.
My girl happened to discover about Olympic Cruises ( http://www.olympiccruises.gr/ ). This one-day cruise takes you to three islands: Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. It’s home port is in Athens. I’ll show more of the other two islands, talk more about Olympic Cruises, and I’ll have two Athens post in the future. I’m so glad that I had a travel researcher. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been to one of the most interesting places in Greece, and most probably the least polluted place I’ve ever been to 😉 .
Last Call …
To be completely honest, I don’t think I can live here. 🙂 Lifting or carrying things you acquire all the time just throws me off. 🙂 Plus, I don’t think I can completely give up driving. 😉