Bright Week

After a warm and sunny Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday dawned overcast and at 1 p.m sharp the heavens opened. It rained intermittently all afternoon and evening, putting a damper literally on open-air lamb spit-roasts all round the country. It was still showery this morning but the rest of the week is expected to be dry with only the occasional passing cloud. The rain may have been inconvenient but it has washed away of the dust of recent weeks and the air was wonderfully crisp this morning.

Weather aside, it has been a good Easter for Symi this year with lots of visitors to the island, many of them Greeks fleeing south to avoid much wetter weather in other parts of Greece. Yialos and Pedi are full of yachts waiting for conditions to improve. With it being poor beach weather on Rhodes the day excursion boats are full and today the Salamis Glory from Cyprus glided into the harbour so there are lots of Cypriots around. Many have been bussed over to Panormitis to visit the monastery.

The cafes along the waterfront are bustling. Wendy has just come in from a foray into the harbour and announced that it feels just like August with so many people around. The temperatures, on the other hand, certainly aren’t like August – it is only about 20 degrees today which feels quite chilly after the high temperatures we had last week.

Today is a bank holiday so it is only tourist orientated businesses that are open. It is Bright Monday, the first day of Bright Week, a week as much dedicated to feasting as last week was dedicated to fasting. Those whose name days fell in Lent will be celebrating them today. Thursday is May Day, also a major holiday in this part of the world so life is only really going to return to normal a week from now.

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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