How To Go “Door Hunting” While on Vacation in Hydra, Greece.
Written by Scott McGinnis | Goombay Tally Blog | Hydra, Greece Vacations
For those who are lucky enough to plan a vacation to the beautiful island of Hydra, Greece this summer–a sleepy, majestically nestled harbor town in the Aegean Sea; you know that one of the predominant and mesmerizing characteristics of the island is the old world architecture, incredible Renaissance-like charm, and simplistic lifestyle that will immediately surround you once you arrive. By the way, if you haven’t yet made the decision to put Hydra on your vacation list, please stop what you’re doing and read the hugely popular Goombay Tally article, 11 Reasons Why Hydra, Greece Needs To Be on Your Vacation List Immediately.
Regardless, here’s an interesting vacation “must-do” project for you while you’re enjoying the island…I truly believe you and your family will thoroughly enjoy this adventure…especially if you need an alternative activity to the lazy Hydra beach excursions, top-notch food and restaurants, and shopping in the harbor. Moreover, if you happen to be a professional photographer, you will totally crush this project and we certainly invite you to share your results on our website.
Once you step foot off of the Aegean Flying Dolphin hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus, close to Athens, and onto the harbor of Hydra, you will quickly notice many complex labyrinths of steep and narrow streets coupled with fantastic doors that adorn the small, quaint houses throughout the island. Mostly colorful…often rustic…some artistic…you will absolutely love the bright colors, bold hues and detailed granularity of something so basic and mundane as a ….”door.”
Mind you, an object that is so inherently functional and generally non-impressive as a door, would typically go unnoticed and completely ignored in most towns and cities in the United States.
But not on Hydra.
On this island, (at least in my eyes) doors also serve as functional artwork. Exhuming a burst of individual personalities on cobblestone alleys, much like canvases on display in an outdoor gallery; I tend to believe that each door has a unique story to tell. A quiet and visual display of their history–or the life of those who dwell on the other side.
While on vacation in Hydra, I made sure that I reserved at least one of my vacation days to walk throughout the town and take pictures of the wonderfully colorful doors and to carefully archive as many as I could. As you can imagine, not every door on the island is necessarily “beautiful” (pers se) or even interesting; but that aspect simply adds to the challenge of finding the ones that will give you pause and cause you to simply gaze in admiration.
Believe me, when you see it … you will know it. There will invariably be one there that personally resonates with your soul.
So I’m certain that some of the island residents truly thought that I was a disturbed tourist, but I was mildly obsessed with the “doors of Hydra” and I enjoyed every minute I spent studying and admiring them, or “door hunting” — as my family now refers to it. In fact, I would like to officially submit the term “door hunting” — by definition: the “studying, admiring, and archiving of beautifully built doors” to the good folks at Webster’s Dictionary for consideration. I’m sure they’ll be amused.
I’m also certain the friendly residents of Hydra are used to tourists scampering up and down the mountain, photographing Hydra doors as an activity and art form. I suppose that no one really minds the attention that their doors receive on Hydra, as long as you respect the residents’ privacy and personal property–a rule that can be respected and understood in any language.
So in the interim, I encourage you to finish booking your vacation on Hydra and please share your Hydra “door hunting” pictures on this site when you return.
Written by Scott McGinnis | Goombay Tally