Of the many photographs which I seem to take of coffee cups filled with my favourite hot beverage this is undoubtedly top of the pile. In fact the only real surprise is that it’s taken this long to be added to the ‘permanent’ postcard list.
This was taken on the Greek Saronic Island of Hydra just an hour or so by ferry from the Athens port of Piraeus. It is well worth the trip, cars are banned and the only way to get heavy luggage up to hotels high on the hilly cobbled streets of the town is by mule.
Waiting for a ferry for an onward journey to Spetses there was plenty of time to chill out at the harbour bar and enjoy a Greek coffee made in the traditional manner. This involves a heated sand filled pot in which the coffee is stirred until warm, it is then served as shown but it is advisable to allow any grains to settle before pouring.
It was late in the year, the last weekend before many of the hotels and restaurants on the islands close and the ferry service is unreliable due to the changeable sea conditions. However with good coffee, a great iew and plenty happening around the little port there was no rush. Time for another coffee then!
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