With help from a mini drone, filmmaker PanoVerino guides you on a quick tour of Hydra island
Quick introduction: If you haven’t been to Hydra yet, a recently-released video by PanoVerino will quickly bring you up to speed on the scenic highlights and attractions of the popular Saronic island.
The clip by the Athens-based filmmaker clocks in at just under two minutes, but covers a lot of ground — and air — with its exciting whirlwind pace, showing exactly what you can expect to see in and around Hydra Town, the island’s port and main settlement.
We spent a brief but very pleasurable 24 hours on Hydra during our 2016 Greek holiday, and recognized many of the sights and scenes the video spotlights. In fact, it made us instantly remember walking many of the same cobblestone paths, climbing the same flights of stairs, and seeing the same boats, buildings, donkeys, cafes, harbourside, hillsides and coastal scenery. I find the film enjoyable not just for its exhilarating views and perspectives, but also for its briskness and brevity — it doesn’t dwell on certain scenes for prolonged, drawn-out periods that will make you feel like you have to fast-forward before you fall asleep, as I find happens frequently when I watch drone videos.
If you have been to Hydra yourself, the film will probably take you on a similar trip down memory lane. For those of you who haven’t yet been there, this quick look-around with PanoVerino may encourage you to consider Hydra for a future island-hopping holiday.
This 6-minute film from the Videos from Greece channel on YouTube made me feel like I was back on Poros, since it features many familiar sights and scenes that we experienced during our own time on the island
Saronic gem: My previous post, Saronic island sojourn, contained a collection of photos that we shot during a very enjoyable week-long stay on Poros in the spring of 2018.
If you haven’t been to Poros before, I hope the photos may have stirred you to consider visiting the lovely Saronic Gulf island on one of your future trips to Greece.
But if you weren’t completely convinced that Poros might be a good place for you to spend some of your holiday time, perhaps you’ll feel more inspired by the three videos I have included in this post.
The top film in particular might do the trick, since it accurately shows exactly how things appear when you stroll and look around Poros Town. (The other two videos feature exhilarating aerial photography of the island so, unless you have wings, Poros won’t quite look the same when you’re there. But they’re fun to watch all the same.)
If you wish to take things a step further and start researching accommodations, attractions, activities and transportation options, bookmark the Poros.com tourism guide as well as the Poros Portal site. Both contain extensive information about the island, along with lots of photos and travel planning links. Also worth a peek is the Visit Poros Island Greece page on Facebook.
Take a short sightseeing flight over pretty Poros Town in this 1-minute film from the Drone Solutions Hellas channel on YouTube
Filmmaker/photographer Raphael Pöham created this captivating short video of enchanting scenery on five islands in the Cyclades
Mesmerizing moments: Filmmaker Raphael Pöham took a trip to Greece last year, and produced this stunning video souvenir of scenic holiday highlights from the five Cyclades islands he visited — Santorini, Mykonos, Milos, Sifnos and Folegandros.
The film’s views of beautiful beach, landscape and sunset scenery brilliantly illustrate why the Cyclades island chain is so immensely alluring to travellers from around the world.
The film runs for three minutes, and I enjoyed it so much I wish it had been longer — I really wanted to see more! It also made me feel eager to plan a return trip to the Cyclades. We have already been to each of the islands that Raphael spotlighted, and recognized most of the scenes in his film, but the video makes me yearn to visit those places again.
Give Raphael’s video a look and see if it puts you in a similarly dreamy Cyclades state of mind, too!
Escape winter for a few minutes with this mesmerizing Corfu travel video by filmmaker/photographer Khurum Khan
Winter video break: As cold temperatures, snowstorms and turbulent weather systems continue to wreak havoc across much of Europe and North America this weekend, I’m sure many of my readers are anxiously counting the days until they can get to Greece for their summer vacation.
If you’re feeling blue from bad weather and the seemingly never-ending winter in your part of the world, here’s an effective antidote that will give you a lift — a travel video with dreamy late summer scenes from Corfu island.
Khurum Khan recently brought the film to my attention through my blog’s Facebook page, where I’ve already shared his Greece — Corfu Travel Video. I watched it a couple more times again today to take my mind off our windy, cold conditions, and thought I should share it here on the blog for those who don’t follow me on Facebook so they, too, can enjoy a brief video respite from winter.
Khurum visited Corfu last September, his first-ever trip to Greece, and said he “had an amazing time.” His cinematic travel video certainly leaves no doubt about that.
With a running length of nearly three and a half minutes, the film abounds in beautiful beach, sea, coast and mountain scenery, and lots of alluring images from in and on the inviting Ionian Sea. I find the film totally mesmerizing — it makes me feel like I’m right there on Corfu, contemplating the wonderful scenery and swimming in the brilliant turquoise waters.
Give it a watch and enjoy a temporary escape from winter.