A Winning Formula



A slow-moving storm system is heading our way and even BBC World News remembered to mention Greece in the European weather forecast this morning with gleeful tales of snow, rain and strong winds for Italy, Greece and the Balkans, while Iberia basks in equinoctial sunshine. Fortunately there are few visitors around on Symi at the moment to worry about missed flights and ferry disruptions but those accommodation owners who were hoping to start on the spring painting this weekend will have to wait a few more days. At the moment it is deceptively clear and bright out with temperatures around 10 degrees centigrade – considerably colder than it was for much of January this year!
Weather aside, there is a lot happening on the calendar in the next few days. The Olive Tree café opens in Chorio tomorrow morning. Regular visitors may recall a small bar, the Mikro Café, in the lane opposite the Hotel Fiona http://www.symivisitor.com/Fiona.htm. Well, this has now been transformed in the capable hands of Jenine Spalding (whom many of you may remember from the singles charter boat ‘Mikos Kosmos’, the Sunflower café and more recently Laskarina Holidays and Kalodoukas). It may be a difficult year to start a new business in most places in the present economic climate, but I had a quick look at the menu yesterday morning and it looks like a winning formula. Specialising in light meals and snacks with a bias towards healthy eating, there will also be some seriously yummy homemade cakes. We wish her every success in this venture.

The other red letter day on the calendar is, of course, the Independence Day Holiday on Wednesday 25 March. This is a big bank holiday in Greece as well as a religious holiday, celebrated with parades throughout the country. The children of Symi are practicing their marching and we are all hoping that the rain holds off.

Have a good weekend.

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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