Years of Enjoyment

It is a hot and hazy day on Symi. The sea is smooth and calm, reflecting the pink tones of the dusty sky as a slow Saharan sandstorm drifts across Greece, sprinkling the country with mud showers. Temperatures are much higher than normal for May and everyone is feeling the heat. Cats and visitors alike are looking for shady places to cool off and the cats are doing well on the ice creams that melt faster than those carrying them can eat them.

On Thursday a group of visitors and expat residents headed for the small island of Sesklia on board the Poseidon with a mission in mind – to clear up all the rubbish left by visitors and washed up by the winter storms. The project, instigated by Captain Yanni and the crew of the Poseidon, was a huge success as can be seen by the enormous number of refuse bags filled. Wooden rubbish was burned and plastic was brought back to Symi to be taken to the dump. Many participants said that for them it was an opportunity to give something back for all the years of enjoyment that the island has given them.  For more photographs please see Out and About.

Another event worthy of comment is the removal of the Michalaki, the Valsami statue of the little fisherman, from its original place by the clock tower to the head of the harbour by Pachos. Unfortunately the statue was damaged in the process and now sports several copper bandages where the pieces were stuck together again.

Have a good weekend.



Geocachers –   – (Friday, May 14, 2010)  

What a fantastic idea. Well done to all who took part!

We've never managed to get to Sesklia, but will try in a couple of weeks when we're 'back' :). Sesklia has featured in bedtime stories in recent weeks as 'Dragon Island' ... I really should write up the stories as the kids love them. They've twigged that "The princess and the Dragon" are based on Symi (aka "the Island of Shimmer") ;)

I hope that they won't be too dissappointed that Sesklia doesn't have a volcano, a "dark forest", and Sparkles (the dragon) :D

Anyone know if it's easy to reach Sesklia by hire boat, or will the Poseidon be doing trips?

Thanks for your brilliant Blogs Adriana. Mark, Nic, Alex and Francesca xx

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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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