After turning up the romance on the 'party island' Mykonos, we continued our love affair with all things Mediterranean on it's quieter, slightly 'more picturesque', little sister, Santorini.
Despite financial turmoil unfolding on the mainland, the sun still turned the sky pink before taking it's curtain call each evening in Oia. The squid still cooked in the daily sun at the Ammoudi Fish Tavern and the selfie-stick man never failed to show. Life goes on in spectacular style and tradition in the Greek Islands.
Ironically though, we found the best things in Santorini life are free...which is perhaps the secret to their resilience.
There's a 'Tale of Two Greeces' unfolding across the world's media, with story lines of struggle and despair on the mainland juxtaposed with foreigners partying on the islands. In turn, this has created an unjustified sense of guilt or fear guiding tourists to cancel their holidays. Rumours of having to carry wallet loads of Euros and warnings about being left stranded by rioting airport workers are starting to having an impact on this bustling and usually thriving holiday destination.
Without creating the impression it was a ghost-town (couldn't have been further from), it's clear the industry isn't running at full throttle. With tourism one of Greece's primary earners, particularly on the islands where they have only the hot months to maximise profit margins, the only sad sight to behold is a spare hotel room or unfilled seat at a restaurant owned by magic-makers ready to work.
Despite the proximity and allure of; Spain, France or perhaps Italy for equally stunning views and delicious fare, we decided to return to the magical islands that made us obsess over Olive Oil, consider a quad bike or donkey a reasonable form of transport and put our phones down. Like supporting a friend going through a tough time, we won't 'bail' Greece.