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Santorini

and the Backpacker v The Scone Squad

Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorin 2

Oia, Santorin 2

Oia, Santorini 3

Oia, Santorini 3

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Blue Bells

Blue Bells

Santorini church

Santorini church


This morning I flew into Santorini, the Greek Island renowned for it's blue waters, colourful architecture and beautiful sunsets. Santorini island is a remnant of a volcanic caldera. I spent the afternoon exploring the town of Oia and it's many narrow streets. It seems every corner I went around there was a bride getting photographed. Dinner was grilled Octopus tentacles. I then made my way to the famous sunset spot. There were so many photographers with the tripods all set up waiting to capture their pic of the Santorini sunset. Unfortunately about an hour before sunset clouds rolled in from the horizon making the event an anti-climax.

Now as you all know, I am travelling independently. The natural enemy of the independent traveller is the tour group, in particular the cruise ship group. You could imagine my dismay when I arrived at my destination to count 4 cruise ships docked in Santorini. The cruise ship demographic is usually elderly people or middle aged women with too much make-up and inappropriate footwear. Individually they are weak, frail & slow but collectively they are a force to be reckoned. I have dubbed them the 'Scone squad'. Their weapon of choice is the bony elbow. Their leader is the tour guide holding up the umbrella. Do not get between the umbrella and the scone squad. My only defences against the scone squad are dexterity & fitness. Well the narrow streets of Oia nullified these advantages and I spent most of the afternoon stuck behind one of the many scone squads out and about. I would finally work my way through one group just to be confronted by another.

Posted by adtamo 12:36 Archived in Greece

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