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At the end of my project I decided to see more of Greece outside of Thessaloniki and experience more of its varied and diverse culture. This of course meant that I had to visit at least one of its iconic islands.

The first, was the rather innocuous island of Hydra. A convenient 1.5 hr trip from the port of Piraeus, Athens, Hydra revealed itself to be a surprising gem. Despite being littered with tourists, once you step off of the main promenade a sudden hush falls over the streets, to reveal quiet little bakeries and tavernas, where locals enjoy their morning coffee for the full length of the afternoon before crossing the street to order their eveni

 

Next was the island of Ikaria, famous for its blue spot award – an area recognised by the longevity of life of its residents. We were eager to experience such a lifestyle.