Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten – Holiday Sandals and a Final Quiz

Gladiator Sandals Naxos Greece

I had what I called my gladiator sandals since 1999 when I went to Rhodes and they  accompanied me abroad on every single subsequent holiday. By 2006 they were showing signs of wear and were not expected to see through a Greek island hopping adventure. I  made it my mission to see how long I could keep make them last.

The Gladiators made it through the island travels and surprisingly lasted another two years when an important part of the shoe infrastructure failed (one of the straps snapped).

After Rhodes, they had been to the Greek islands of Skiathos, Cephalonia (twice), Santorini (twice), Crete, Thassos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Ios (twice), Sikinos, Amorgos, Milos and Sifnos.  I finally had to accept that they were irreparable whilst on the island of Folegandros so I thought that this was a suitable place to say goodbye and I  left them there to become part of the Greek earth in whatever landfill site they ended up in.

I really loved those sandals!

Quiz Time:

Identify these Greek holiday islands…

Greek Islands

35 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten – Holiday Sandals and a Final Quiz

  1. My favorite sandals blew up in Istanbul and were held together with duct tape. Very fashionable.
    The first photo is Santorini hands down. After that it is a complete guess so …2-Mykonos, 3-Crete and 4-Paros. now I think I deserve points for being the first to try. 🙂

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  2. I recognize #1 from travel photos of other blogs! Santorini? 🙂


  3. Sorry about your sandals! Honestly, the only picture that I can take a stab at, knowing next to nothing about the way Greece looks, is #1 which is probably Santorini…maybe.


  4. I only recognise Santorini. I need a quiz based in Venice, I reckon. (Even then, I’d probably do a cr#p job.)

    Hi, Sue. How’s the weather in Calgary? It’s hot, humid and horrid where I live!


  5. I might do better with a quiz based in the USA? 😉

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  6. Once the strap’s broken there’s noting you can do!
    1. Santorini, 2. Mykonos, 3. Kos, 4. Crete?


  7. I had a similar dilemna with a pair of sandals I once owned. They had been to SE Asia, all over Europe and the USA… Then they broke in Costa Rica. Luckily for me, a Zapatero fixed them up and they went on for another four years. I JUST retired them in September when the right show fell apart on me…. Sad day. Ten years and 13 Countries with sandals. I empathize!


  8. I have rescued my old but faithful 1990s sandals 4 times out the bin in the last 5 years… My wife’s new tactic this year; the outlaws bought me a new pair ready for next spring – compulsory usage is a given.


  9. Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when it comes to shoes that have been good and faithful. 🙂 Sturdy sandals are exceptional.


  10. Sadly, I’ve never been to Greece, but I wanted to participate in the quiz. Rather than attempting to name islands I’ve never visited, I’ve applied adjectives to them: 1. gorgeous; 2. tranquil; 3. sophisticated; 4. perfect.

    I’ve only ever worn out one pair of shoes (a pair of soft gold ballet flats) and I still miss them every summer.


  11. I’ve been known to stitch old favourites back together but it doesn’t work well with flipflops 😦
    My answers don’t tally so well but I don’t mind being wrong
    1 Santorini
    2 Rhodes
    3 Is that Corfu Town?
    4 Mykonos


  12. Sorry about your sandals. It’s odd the things we get attached to in our travels. I just upgraded my camera, but I still had a hard time giving up the other one. Except for Santorini, I am clueless about the Island photos. All the best!


  13. What a lovely way for a pair of sandals to go, Andrew. I have a pair of shorts that I refuse to let go. They are too small for me now but I live in hope that one day they will fit me again 🙂 Who am I kidding!


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