Summer in a Bowl

Greece is sizzling under a heatwave and the whole country is experiencing above average temperatures. Midday temperatures on Symi are currently in the high thirties, touching 40 in some areas. It is about 25 degrees centigrade at midnight. Even the breeze off the sea is hot. We are holding out against using the air conditioner in the office for as long as possible but if these temperatures continue we may well buckle under the heat and hit the on button.

The waterfront shops in Yialos are displaying sunhats of all shapes and sizes as well as various cool cotton garments, sarongs and other items of beach attire. With some of the airlines charging extra for check in luggage quite a few people we have spoken to have arrived with hand luggage only and bought everything they need for their seaside holiday when they get here. Symi has a good selection of shops these days to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets and one way of ensuring their continued survival is by supporting them. Regular visitors have said that this makes them feel that they are doing their bit to help rescue the Greek economy and give something back to the island where they enjoy their holidays.

The warm weather may be reducing people to sticky and lethargic blobs but it is also ripening the summer fruits and vegetables. The grocers in the lane below our office are stacked with crates of fragrant nectarines and peaches. Sun-ripened tomatoes, small sweet cucumbers, crisp peppers, smoky olives and a chunk of firm feta - a Greek salad at this time of the year really is summer in a bowl. The restaurant at Agia Marina is opening tomorrow and most other tourist amenities on the island of Symi are now available.

Have a good week.



baresytapas  – (Monday, May 31, 2010)  

I came to this blog by accident, but I found very interesting. Greetings to all the people who visit this page.

Jackie and Joel Smith  – (Friday, June 04, 2010)  

Adriana, just wanted to tell you how nice it was to finally meet you; and of course, how much we loved Symi. I've written about "Adriana's Symi" on our blog today, - hope you get a chance to visit the post.

And hope we get a chance to visit in person on a future trip to Symi -

Our best,

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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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