The whiff of grilled fish

It’s a sizzling hot day on Symi with only the gentlest of breezes shimmering through the heat haze. Only the ants and the lizards are moving with any speed. Every patch of shade seems to have a cat napping in it and there is very little human activity to be seen.

Most of the Mediterranean countries are now on holiday – the sensible thing to do when it is too hot to do much thinking – and Symi is bustling with Italians, French, Spanish, Maltese…and a fair number of Greeks from Athens and Thessalonica too. Greek television news bulletins devote vast tracts of air time to covering the exodus from the big centres and the crowds boarding the big ferries to the islands. Now would probably be a good time to visit Athens – there’s no one there!

Enthusiastic monitors of this website may have noticed that our webcam has been running since about 9 o’clock this morning… Yes, we can now provide more extensive webcam coverage so you enjoy the comings and goings in Symi harbour wherever you are. If I could also send you the whiff of grilled fish from the taverna next door I would do so! All this progress comes at a price, however, and there are gremlins in the telephone lines at the moment. We hope to have them sorted out this afternoon but in the meantime please email rather than fax.

Have a peaceful weekend.


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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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