And our second day trip. A taxi boat ride along the harbour and across to Aliki Beach on the mainland.
In days of yore when the tourist business was booming - in the 80's - there were little water taxis plying back and forth from the island to this sandy beach all day long.
Then the little British travel companies started to go bust and anyway it was much easier to book a flight straight to Crete or Rhodes or any island with an airport. To get to Poros english visitors had to fly to Athens, wait for their travel connection to take them on an hours trip to the harbour, wait for the boat and then it was 2 1/2 hours to the island. Where they waited in line for a taxi to take them to their accomodation. A long tiring trip. Slowly tourist numbers dwindled, bars and souvenir shops closed. It wasn't till about 15 years ago that business picked up as the new road from Athens opened up and greek city dwellers wanting a few days of relaxation started to appear, even on sunny mid-winter weekends. It's a 2 hour drive from Athens, onto the car ferry and then a park at your hotel.
The water taxis to Aliki beach, and all the other beaches, stopped running. There was no money to made sailing without passengers.
In the last few years three new routes have opened up again, subsidised,I think, by the EU. One of our sons-in-law is captain of the good ship Socrates and he has nabbed the run to Aliki beach. A sandy beach, shallow and children friendly. There are two tavernas close by and now one of them has put out umbrellas and sunbeds. The perfect place for a few hours of fun.
I used to take my kids there for a day out. My grandchildren went not long ago to see what it's like now. Still sandy, but too much seaweed they say. No-one likes that creepy feeling of dark seaweed waving under the feet and strange shadows amongst the fronds.
On the far side of the beach is a small lagoon where locals gathered salt from the rocks and looked for shellfish. The lagoon is a bit sad now and the water that is left is dirty looking.
We didn't go across to swim but to eat at one of the tavernas. My english friend lives nearby and she came down to join us. Another day of nattering in English.