Chernobyl Special

I found this old photo taken in the Bahia bar. My silly way of lightening the Chernobyl crisis. At the...
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Chernobyl Special

Donkeys Uber Alles

Happy to be back in Greece after my first trip to the States since 2016. On Thanksgiving my sister in-law...
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Donkeys Uber Alles

Hydra finishes the season on a high note!

Credit due, quite literally! When the world is facing an unprecedented energy crisis as 2022 draws to a close, our...
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Hydra finishes the season on a high note!

Inkaminicado!

Roger Green came up with a classic to describe the Rock's permanent inmates when the summer swarms drive local denizens...
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Inkaminicado!

A Lovely Tribute to Kamini’s Tassia

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A Lovely Tribute to Kamini’s Tassia

Kamini April Fool?

Who wants to go for a walk? Unanimous yes. Quandary in the port: left to Vichos, right to Hydra town,...
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Romantic August Kamini Sunset

  But the flip side of our photographic flags a fluttering in the breeze is that with temperatures in the...
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Romantic August Kamini Sunset

Hydra Revisited

Honoured to be included.
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Hydra Revisited

Okay who’s next ???

So that is August in Kamini is almost done and dusted, who's up for September? We are going to win...
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Okay who’s next ???

Not Kamini’s Baby Beach

We have heard rumblings about August "Baby Beach" being a tad crowded. Try China for fun bathing then.
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Not Kamini’s Baby Beach

Rie Albertsen (formerly Goldman)

Rie Albertsen, perhaps better known to some Hydra old-timers as Rie Goldman, passed away unexpectedly on 2 October. Her daughters Helle and Johanne (“Hanne”) tell us that she suffered a heart attack the previous day, as she strode to work early in the morning with her usual vigour. Rie first came to Hydra early in 1966 and lived there on and off (mostly on) until 1972. In May this year, she returned after an absence of four decades. She stayed in the familiar home of a dear friend, high up on the mountain, with Kamini spread out below the old house and Ghika’s ruin just across the hillside. Rie was overjoyed to be back, say her children. She relished the warm smooth stones under her bare feet and the softly clunking goat bells—and all the other sounds, sights, tastes and smells she had been missing for so many years. Even the maddening racket of the drilling down in Kamini made her laugh as it evoked amusing memories of the vagaries of how things are done on the Rock. Deeply moved – uplifted – by the wonderfully warm reception old friends and new acquaintances gave her, Rie was happily planning future visits to Hydra when her life was cut short, without warning. Johanne and Helle have asked that we post this card.

David Fagan
David Fagan is CEO, president, managing director, author, publisher, and chief bottlewasher of DavidFagan.org. On his first visit to Hydra back in 1983, David decided that owning a bar in this exotic location was an ideal way not to spend the rest of his life in the fast-lane of corporate advertising and journalism. It was an idea spawned by the Honorable Bill Cunliffe of Bill’s Bar, renowned wateringhole for anyone who knew this part of the world at the time. He and a couple of old-timers, Anthony Kingsmill and Leonard Bernstein, planted the seed: Come!

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