Muddy Water

After yesterday’s floods there is a big clean up under way. The bobcats have moved from clearing mud in the harbour to shoveling rockfalls on the Panormitis road. Unfortunately more heavy rain is expected tonight, followed by gale force winds tomorrow. We had 70 mm yesterday, most of which fell in a matter of an hour or so on Sunday morning, followed by some heavy showers overnight. The weather is expected to improve later in the week. The photos show some of the muddy water flowing down from the Vigla. Hundreds of similar torrents combined to form the deluge that roared down the Kataraktis and flooded the town square.

Other bad news is that Jean Manship has announced her retirement and the Jean and Tonic is now on the market. Any of you regulars out there want to make your dream of running a thriving late night bar on Symi a reality? Contact us for more details.

On the bright side, the Pireus- Symi big boat link is being reinstated with effect from 22 November 2007. Those two old faithfuls, the Milena and the Marina, will once again be looming large by the clock tower. At the moment Symi Tours has only released the timetable up to 2 December but GA should be providing a full schedule later. Meanwhile the Spanos, the Dodecanese Express, passed through this morning en route to Lipsi where she will overnight and work her way back down tomorrow. Apart from the option of a daytrip to Kalymnos/Kos for Sunday lunch there are no days on the schedule where it is possible to do a ‘there-and-back’ anywhere from Symi. However, for anyone wanting to do some seriously out of season island hopping it’s an interesting itinerary and does ensure that some less popular routes are served. For some reason they’ve given Tilos a miss although they do stop at Nissyros.

Have a good week.


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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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