Symi in the Winter

It is a wet and gloomy day on Symi. Yesterday’s downpours have turned the water in Yialos and Pedi brown and puddles reflect the low clouds rolling across Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. The Vigla and surrounding peaks are wrapped in mist and brief rainbows arc over Chorio and Nimos. The weather is expected to remain unsettled with some very strong winds and thunder activity for the next few days. As you can see from looking at the various webcams around Greece on http://www.yassou.com/, the only part of Greece currently enjoying sunshine is Zakinthos! That is quite an impressive Christmas tree they have put up in St Markos Square, Zante Town. Definitely no tourists on the beach at Alykes though. It is quite fun panning around the various webcams in different parts of Greece on a rainy day, watching the locals bustling around the squares and the ferries come and go.
Here on Symi the Christmas decorations look a bit droopy in the wet, particularly the big Santa on the terrace of the house next to the Windmill Restaurant in Chorio. He is kept inflated by an air compressor which was definitely not running this morning - the crumpled remains of a larger than life pink and red Santa were draped forlornly over the railing amongst some very wet washing. I am sure he will revive though when the sun comes out.

This will be my last Symi blog for a while as my father is very ill and I have to return to South Africa urgently. However I hope to be back on line with news from Symi in mid January. In the meantime you will be able to keep up to date on daily life on Symi in the winter with http://symidream.com/wp/ You can also now follow Symi on Twitter.

Have an enjoyable festive season and a prosperous New Year.

Regards,

Adriana

Jackie and Joel Smith  – (Wednesday, December 16, 2009)  

So sorry to read about your father. Have a safe journey. We will miss your posts.

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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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