There is not a cloud in the sky

It is a typical summer's day on Symi. Temperatures are in the high thirties and there is not a cloud in the sky. It is very quiet outside. The kind of quiet that descends upon the island when the day trippers are enjoying lunch and everyone else with any sense is at the beach. The gang plank of the Symi is creaking gently against the quay in the afternoon breeze and the 'Omega' is pulling out from her berth by the clock tower. I wonder what will replace her. It is the mega-yacht season and every evening we are treated to a display of the exotic and expensive in both Yialos and Pedi as the rich and famous pass through. So far only one helicopter this year, though... Rumour has it that Madonna was seen jogging round the harbour in the company of 6 body guards last week. I should imagine that by the time the rumour has done the circuit one more time she will have been spotted in one or all of the island's clubs and dancing venues and may even be in the market for a house...

Someone has just tossed some bread into the water over by the Nireus and the gulls are swooping for it. Most of the little hire boats are out for the day.

The side doors of the Symi ferry are open to let the air through and one of the crew is taking advantage of the peace to catch a bit of a nap. See if you can spot him in the photograph!


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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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