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Aegina

On my last day in Greece I wanted to see another island. K had to work, so I got up early so I could catch a ferry to Aegina. It’s only little more than an hour away from Athens, and it happens to be known for its pistachios (which I love).

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The Acropolis in the morning.

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It took me a while to find the right ferry, but I found it eventually.

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I used to live in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m used to ferries. But not like this. This is pretty nice – the cafe made your food (or in my case, coffee) to order.

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Leaving Athens behind.

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The main town on Aegina.

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Leaving the ferry.

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I guess freedom is closed.

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Look at how clear that water in the harbor is. I was astonished.

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The beach is part of the town.

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Many shades of blue.

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As in the rest of Greece, there were many cats. This one found something tasty in the garbage.

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A quiet street in Aegina.

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A beautiful trellis!

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Motorbikes were everywhere. Not just on the island; in Greece generally. It makes sense given the cost of petrol, and how narrow the streets are.

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They must be wealthy to have so much nice wood on the exterior of their home.

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A pretty street.

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Another street. On one of these I found a shop that sold me 200 ml bottles of wine for a single Euro.

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Lemons!

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Betty? What are you doing here? At a hardware store, no less?\

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Kitties above.

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Another gorgeous trellis.

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A home in disrepair.

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I found a lunch spot and wrote postcards during the afternoon. When I ventured out again, I saw this kitty.

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He climbed down when I called, and we bonded for a long while. He eventually climbed atop my shoulders and curled up for about five minutes. Eventually I lured him off and said goodbye, as I had other places to go.

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One of the high speed ferries coming in.

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I wanted to go for another long island walk, out of town and along the coast. Just to see what I could see.

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It’s not a tree. It’s a grass.

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FYI.

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This abandoned place, just outside of town…

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…has this for a view.

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A front yard of clover. I love it.

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I also saw this from time to time. A solar array and solar hot water heater.

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Pistachio trees. It’s not like there are huge pistachio fields – at least not that I saw. Instead, everyone has their little plot.

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Just a pretty view.

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Canna lilies!

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Orange drops.

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The Aegean.

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I walked south along the coast of Aegina about three and a half miles. When I turned back to catch the last ferry, the sun was setting.

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You can see other islands in the distance.

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The fading of the light.

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Shortly before this shot was taken, I passed a couple with their dog walking down their long driveway. Then they were shouting. It took me a while to figure out they were shouting for their dog to return, because it was chasing me. I brought it back to them (it was friendly) and they politely explained it was a new dog. “It must have seen something good in you,” she kindly said.

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Another island sunset.

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Frond down.

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I love it.

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Aegina town once more.

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That afternoon, some of these boats had makeshift produce racks, and folks along the quay could buy what they wanted.

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The water/electric hook-up.

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The restaurants with a view.

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Folks buying ferry tickets.

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A helpful map that not only identifies attractions, but lets you know what sort of taxi fare you should expect to pay.

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The ferry back to Athens. Halfway there I stepped out on deck. There were seabirds flying right alongside the ship, matching its speed and direction. For how long, I don’t know, but it was strange to watch.

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More from Athens

One of the things that “bothered” Katherine the most about Greece was the quality of the food. Like the wine, it was almost always excellent, and invariably superior to the usual fare in the US. Also, it was quite often cheaper.

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One of the many delicious meals we shared.

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Was the wine good? Of course it was.

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I really liked this piece of art, for some reason. But not enough to buy it.

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The graffiti is in Greek! Mostly, at least.

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This is part of the Central Market. There’s many more produce sellers which I didn’t photograph, as well as a meat and seafood market, and a rummage/flea market portion as well.

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A meat/sausage shop.

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A shop window. It just looked pretty.

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Speaking of lights, this place was truly lit up. You can’t really sense the scale in a single photograph – it extended way beyond the corner.

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In contrast, a lonely table.

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What do the Greeks think of Detroit?

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I heard you twice the first time.

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I’m not sure that has the connotation you intend.

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Someone feeding the pigeons.

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The Acropolis at night.

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You can’t help but laugh. It’s the Black & Yellow Store.

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Inside a cafe.

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Close to my heart.

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I stumbled across a hidden basketball court.

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A pretty street.

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It’s not just the chairs that caught my eye. I love the flower-boxes.

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More pretty places to eat and drink.

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The city is full of them.

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Even this – a former stairway turned into something attractive and unique.

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Not everything was pretty. Though an argument could be made that even these houses, in their ruin, are beautiful.

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One more example, though there were many.

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Speaking of ugliness. What? Also, that was the other thing – several people (a taxi driver, a street performer, a waiter) warned us to watch out for crime. But not from Greeks – no, no. It’s the immigrants, you see.

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A tourist magnet.

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Parking magnet.

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Another great meal.

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Again: the food was sublime.

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The highest hill in Athens is Lykavittos, and it affords some great views of the rest of the city.

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There’s a church at the top, and shrines on the way up. And at this shrine, there were lemons and kumquats, as you can see.

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Looking across at the Acropolis.

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Apparently this plant-borne graffiti is from 1973.

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Toward the North-east.

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As you can see, you can see the sea.

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A look up at the Monument of Lysicrates, erected 2300 years ago to celebrate a theatrical achievement.

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