Symi Early on a Summer Morning

I stopped at the Kali Strata corner to take these on the way down to the Symi Visitor Accommodation office yesterday morning. First time visitors to Symi may not be aware of the significance of that long low vessel by the clock tower - it is one of the water ships that comes over from Rhodes several times a week to bring in Symi's water supply.

Anonymous –   – (Friday, August 08, 2008)  

Nice to see the water calm enough to give reflections. Always improves the photographs.

Thinking of water boats, has anyone seen the Dafni recently? The Eirini seems to have taken over.

Unknown  – (Monday, August 11, 2008)  


I hear that one of the three water ships has broken down, with a mechanical fault! I don’t know if it’s been fixed yet?

It’s a very long time since I’ve been looking out for the water carriers, in anticipation of doing some laundry, or taking a shower, I moved house some years ago and now have a private cistern that fills with the rain in the winter, making me more or less self sufficient. Till the pump breaks down!

I do have mains as a backup, after a leak last summer left me dry.
I haven’t really been looking for water boat, but I haven’t seen the Dafni or Spark for donkeys years, the ship that come to mind is the ‘Olympic’ which has been in a few times in the last month.

I know boat spoting - it’s almost as bad as train spotting. Symi, being such a small place it’s hard not to notice these things.

The crew on some of the mega yacht’s, are certainly better looking, so I tend to notice them more. Oh well a girl can dream.

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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.

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