HYDRA (Leonard Cohen's Favourite Greek Isle) Wins Top Spot on Rick Steves Travel Show

June 15, 2012

I watched a Rick Steves travel show on PBS last night, featuring The Top 12 Hidden Gems of Europe.

The number one spot was the Greek island of HYDRA.
"Hydra, Greece: Magical island a world away from Athens
...lazy tourists on island time..."

Since the Leonard Cohen Event on the island in 2002, the Leonard Cohen Forum has had a meetup there in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The tradition will continue in 2013 on June 8-9, 2013 (plus extra days before/after). For further information click here.

Watch a marvelous slideshow video of the June/11 meetup of lazy Cohenites on island time, captured by Willy And Wijbe Lageveen here

I noticed the Rick Steves Hydra segment shown on TV was basically the same video available on YouTube.
Only a 90-minute hydrofoil ride from bustling Athens, Hydra is the prettiest of the Greek isles. The community is an easy blend of work-a-day commerce, fancy yachts and lazy tourists meandering through traffic-free streets, alongside the occasional donkey.

Please note that getting together on Hydra is not be an "official" gathering, just a meetup for people who want to spend some time on the beautiful island with like-minded Cohenites. This will mean that there is not a pre-scheduled program nor registration. (Jarkko Arjatsalo, Webmaster, The Leonard Cohen Forum)

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