June Postcards from Symi

Wednesday is a busy day in Yialos as not only does the Blue Star ferry from Pireaus pass through twice plus the usual excursion boats but we also get a visit from one of the smaller Celestyal Cruises ships.  Here she is, about to swing round alongside the harbour.  The boat stays for a few hours and the passengers come ashore to browse around the shops.

5.30 a.m. over Pedi this morning and it was already 30 degrees centigrade.

The sun is ripening my tomatoes and making them very sweet.

The private alternative to Wednesday's cruise ship.

On the Kali Strata this morning.

Purple petunias at Merakles taverna.

The EU sign is a relic from some long-forgotten project. The bird, however, is a member of the supermarket staff and is fed a fresh Kos lettuce leave for breakfast every morning, no matter what the expense.

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Sizzling Symi

Yialos and Harani, Monday 8 a.m.

Yialos and Harani, Tuesday 8 a.m. As the heat haze builds, the monastery over on Nimos is fading away.

Monday morning in Yialos.  The Pentecost bank holiday long weekend but very few boats in comparison to previous years.

The Customs House is nearing completion. The office furniture and fittings for the duty free shop arrived on Friday and are now inside.

The view from the balcony at Symi Visitor Accommodation just after 11 this morning.  Symi is very quiet for the third week in June and all the businesses are down on last year, which was down on the previous year and so on.  Even the excursion boats don't seem to have many people on them so Rhodes must be quiet too.

As Symi's shoreline is mostly steep cliffs very little level land is wasted and in the harbour the buildings are tightly packed. There was never a tradition for horse-drawn vehicles here on Symi so the lanes are very narrow in places.  The balcony on this building almost overlaps the awning of the greengrocer opposite.  Note the washing line - no one is coy about hanging their washing out  in the street here and sunshine is free.

We may all be flagging in the on going heatwave but the grape vines are going mad. This one on the Kali Strata is heading up the electricity lines.

Free range hens taking advantage of a leaky water pipe in Lieni.
The heatwave rolls on and Symi continues to sizzle in the 40s.  The rocks are soaking up the heat, turning Symi into a giant storage heater and it was over 30 degrees at midnight last night.  Extreme heat conditions are normal in July but rarely start this early, in the third week of June, so it is going to be a very long hot summer for the Symiots. The air is thick with haze and visibility is dropping by the day, as you can see from the first two photographs, taken 24 hours apart.

Anyone with any sense is under an umbrella on the beach or lingering in the air conditioning at the bank or supermarket.  Now that we have air conditioning in the office we have noticed that those who pop in to say 'hello' show a marked reluctance to leave again - and who can blame them?

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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About this Blog

I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.


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