Symi Souvenirs

This morning we awoke to the welcome sight of a waterboat lying alongside the quay in Pedi and another, low in the sea with a full load of fresh water, is gliding into Yialos now. Symi’s aqueous life-line has been restored.

The meltemi is blowing hard out in the central Aegean and it was really windy on Rhodes yesterday but here on Symi, the Camelot of the Dodecanese, we are sheltered from the blow and the harbour is perfectly calm. The water taxis and excursion boats are all out for the day and the remaining day trippers are quaffing cold drinks beneath shady awnings, fanning themselves with Symi Festival programs and comparing Symi souvenirs.

August is always a hazy humid month. The solstice is far behind us now and the days are perceptibly shorter. The winter rains are still months away but nature is already responding to the changing season. Plants that have been marking time for months are starting to look a little greener and tiny new shoots are appearing. The jasmines have a fresh flush of flowers and seeds are germinating wherever the soil is damp. The drip hoses from air conditioners have turned into mini gardens as tufts of grass sprout between the paving in the lanes and the moss turns green.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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