October 2020: Athens (Part 5): Excursion to Aegina

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Aegina is another island in the Saronic Gulf, bigger than Hydra and considerably closer to Athens. It is named after the mother of a former king of the island. Aegina is served from Piraeus by both hydrofoils and conventional ferries; on this occasion, we were happy to use the latter. Aegina Town, the main settlement, wasn’t as genuinely pretty as Hydra Port, but still managed to look good in the bright midday sun. After visiting Hydra, the ‘car infestation’ on Aegina was all too apparent. The main architectural attraction was probably the Ekklisia Isodia Theotokou (or Church of the Assumption), an imposing structure situated right on the harbour front.