Last year, I intended to do a few posts on the theme of ‘Behind the Pack’. As I explained then “It has struck me, that whenever we joined a tour of a town, village or wherever when travelling (rare, we usually did our own thing), there were always interesting places to be photographed just off the main track. So I often hung back (or made my way to an area I had seen that looked more enticing) and took my images while everyone else was listening to whatever the guide had to say.”
I posted part 1 of Behind the Pack about a palace in Hungary here. Today we’re time travelling again, this time to Spinalonga as I saw it nearly 3 decades ago. I was prompted to get on and finish this post by a fellow blogger’s post on Crete yesterday. So here goes.
I visited Crete in the late 1980s, and had heard of Spinalonga. In those days, you had to visit in a guided group, it was before the days of Visitor Centres. This was probably the first time that I decided to hang back from the main group to get my images. I made sure I stayed in sight, as I didn’t want to cause problems with getting the boat back to mainland Crete! At the end, the guide asked me if I was a professional photographer…I wish.
I felt a palpable sense of sorrow on that island, despite the beautiful sunny day, and tried to be as respectful to the memory of those that had once lived here as I could. From 1903 to 1957 the island was used as a leper colony. it has been abandoned since then.
This was the first part of the island the leprosy sufferers would have seen when they arrived: