Mama Mia invades paradise

| 04/08/2009

(Daily Mail): From a distance, everything looks just as it should. The teeny, white-washed Agios Ioannis chapel is perched 202 steps up a winding path on top of a rocky outcrop that juts into the sea. It appears windswept, isolated and beautifully peaceful. But close up, things aren’t quite so tranquil. For starters, the concrete car park below is overflowing. Cars are backed up down the dusty lane and the nearby cafe is doing a roaring trade. The steps are alive with a constant stream of visitors, huffing and puffing, and singing Abba songs rather badly. And the church? Well, on closer inspection, it isn’t quite up to scratch either.Indeed, something’s so wrong that the moment most visitors pass through the heavy wooden doors, the singing stops and the recriminations begin.

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