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The chapel on the rock

This is the Agios Ioannis chapel (Saint John's chapel) on the island of Skopelos, one the Sporades islands. It has recently become famous through being the site of the wedding procession in the 2008 film Mamma Mia. When googling with a combination of the words "Skopelos", "chapel" and "Mamma Mia", there is a big chance that one of the first suggested links is an article from the Daily Mail entitled "How the feelgood movie of 2008 has ruined the Greek paradise island of Skopelos". I went through it quickly, but not inclined to be convinced that Skopelos had become a disaster. Skopelos is a ferry away from the closest airport (on nearby Skiathos) and apparently that tends to limit the damages. Although yes there are several cruising tours visiting the place for an hour or two. But go to Agios Ioannis early in the morning and you'll have the place for yourself, and perhaps enjoy skinny dipping in translucent waters with that amazing rock in front of you!

Most of the visitors climb the steep stairs to the chapel and, from the comments I read in a guestbook, many seem to be disappointed. Indeed, the chapel is small and the decoration is on the very ordinary side. That's when the reality hits: hey, this is not the interior of the church in the movie! Yes, Hollywood lies from time to time. Just hope that the disappointed visitors are comforted by the splendid view because that Mediterranean coastal landscape is sure very beautiful.

Regarding the photo, I was warned just a few seconds before I took it that a nice boat was coming. I rushingly grabbed my camera in my day-pack, quickly selected the settings I wanted, hastily improved my point of view, and shot a couple of times. I wish the boat was a little further from the rock, but I guess I should consider myself lucky to have been able to shoot it before it was gone.

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