|Hydra/Idra Info||Ydra Photos, Part 1|
Hydra history goes back to mythology. There is a story where Ancient Hermionisold the town to a lost Samian naval squadron who later left the Ydra. Even though this is an ancient island, what the island is known best for being a Naval power dating back to the 15th century.
Hydra once had an abundance of trees, at a time when more rain fall found its way to the island.(It is now behind a rain shadow) The people there used these trees to build the island into a maritime power. With the aid of their ships, and an inhospitable location for any sort of landing Hydra was able to stand on its own any foreign invader.(Though according to my guidebook, they had made arrangements with the Turks.) Though mostly merchants, the ships would turn to pirate ships when it suited their needs.
Part one shows the entry into the protected town of Hydra. Part two through four show the classical houses of Hydra. Hydra has very strict housing codes so these houses look as they looked 500 years ago. I will give more info in the house in part two. There is also an awesome "swimming hole" right by the harbor. Part six through 8 show the swimming hole.
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