Smokey Thursday

Yesterday was Smokey Thursday – one of the celebrations that forms part of the Carnival season before Lent. As the weather has been so wet this week the town hall took the precaution of arranging to use the vehicle hold of the Symi ferry as a party venue. In the event this proved to be a wise decision. This was the first opportunity for the children to show off their fancy dress costumes and there were some splendid ones. The town hall laid on a plentiful supply of souvlaki, wine and soft drinks as well as music. For pictures, see the Out and About page.

On a more solemn note, we are sorry to report the death yesterday of Symi’s ‘tin man’, Yiannis Patsakis. There can be few people who do not own at least one of his delightful creations, whether it be a lantern, oil can or dust pan. His passing marks the end of an era on Symi. Our condolences to his family – the funeral bells are tolling even as I write this.

Despite calm conditions and no weather warnings the Aegli did not travel yesterday and this morning failed to depart until midday, much to the annoyance of many Symiots who had business to do in Rhodes or planes to catch. The wet weather is expected to continue for several more days and strong winds are forecast for Saturday and Sunday so further shipping disruptions can be expected.

Have a good 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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