Thursday, 3 October 2019

Re-visiting Hydra - the calderimia




Narrow alleyways, or calderimia, define this crescent shaped town.








Stone cobbles on all the streets and alleyways












Some of the alleyways are beautifully kept with pots and plants









Some are so narrow that it's difficult for two people to walk next to each other







Some are dead ends



and bourgainvilea provides some colour in the midst of the white-washed houses




Most houses are built around courtyards















this is the courtyard of our hotel, and the terrace where we had breakfast




and, a courtyard within the courtyard of our hotel




Tavernas and bars take over some of the alleyways







quiet during the day, they get very busy at night




The view from our hotel balcony




and this front yard on the right





A lot of the houses are made out of stone











This is the area around the market, quite busy during the day




A few churches, but nothing as many as in some of the islands







Some quirky houses





and some that are quite grand




And the cats, of course, the maskots of the island, they are everywhere, and they are incredibly well-looked after









Steps everywhere as the town is built around the crescent-shaped bay, on a number of hills











View of one of the hills 





Each front door is different



 

and some are absolutely wonderful














A few open spaces or squares







We discovered two small parks, (even though there must be more), providing a contrast to the white-washed houses and the narrow alleyways










the smell of lavender was overwhelming as we walked through










old canons everywhere in the town





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