>> Monday, April 27, 2015 – ferry strikes, Greek holidays, life on Symi in the spring, spring weather, Symi in April
|Sunset from the Vigla, looking towards Datca on the Turkish coast. That is Nimborio bay, Symi, and the island of Nimos on the right.|
|Rhodes, as seen from the top of Symi.|
|Meanwhile, down in Chorio... a local donkey drover stops for a chat with a friend in a passing car. Cars are all very well but donkeys can get through the narrow lanes and up and down the ancient steps of the old town.|
|Cistus or rock roses, growing near the road in Lieni. There are quite unusual in that area. The best displays are along the coastal road to Nimborio.|
|With Symi's precipitous coastline of rocks and sheer cliffs, there are few places for locals to keep their boats out of the water, hence this line up, about 350 metres above sea level!|
Friday is the 1 May bank holiday here in Greece. There is also a ferry strike scheduled for that day in solidarity with employees of one of the larger shipping fleets who have not been paid for several months. This should not affect the operations of Dodecanese Seaways but may affect the Blue Star which operates out of Piraeus and is therefore more vulnerable to strike action, particularly if the dockworkers join in. Union action aside, the first of May is usually celebrated in Greece as a traditional holiday. People pick wild flowers and decorate the doors of their houses and businesses with posies and wreaths - the finishing touch to the spring clean and annual repaint.
Have a good week.