Comfort Food

Yialos at 8 o'clock this morning.

The recent heat wave has finally broken and Symi woke to low fluffy clouds rolling over the Vigla this morning. The Aegean Regatta sailed off into the mist and at one point the Turkish coast was completely masked by low cloud and a rain squall. There are still some clouds about but it is very warm and humid with a tropical feel to the air. The water ship came in today, for the first time in weeks. A welcome sight indeed as once again parts of Yialos were without water this morning.

The View from my Desk at Symi Visitor Accommodation
That isn't a sinking ship in the background - it is the much anticipated water boat from Rhodes.

The premiere of the Symi Festival took place last night. This year’s festival is quite low key in comparison to previous years, with smaller posters and the printed program only finally came out late last week. There was not the usual flamboyant firework display at the end of the opening concert either. In the new austerity Greece there is less inclination to send money up in smoke as municipalities around the country are having to tighten their belts and count the cents.

There is a Cat in this Photograph of Dimitri's Carpentry Shop at the bottom of the Kali Strata.

Symi has become quite an up-market destination in recent years, with stylish boutiques and glamorous shops for the summer visitors. A new addition to the harbour, however, caters more to the present craving for comfort food and specializes in all the different kinds of traditional Greek fried confectionary. Forget American doughnuts with a hole in the middle – Greeks have a wide range of traditional spiced and fragrant doughnuts, fried in hot oil and then plunged into honey syrup or rolled in cinnamon sugar. Never mind if you cannot afford the designer beachwear next door, you can always cheer yourself up with a box of sticky loukoumadia or diples!

Have a good week.



Denise Lee, Oxford –   – (Tuesday, July 27, 2010)  

I so enjoy reading your blog. I'm addicted to it and have to go on every day just to see if you've added something.
I shall get to Symi one day as it looks absolutely beautiful.
We are going to a quiet part of Kos in September so maybe I'll visit then.
Thanks so much for this blog.
Denise Lee

Unknown  – (Friday, July 30, 2010)  

complimenti for your blog! great stories! i am coming to greece end of september beg. october. I can't wait. I am an expat in Italy trying to figure out what to do in my life! anyway.. loved reading your blog ...I am getting more and more excited and trying to choose which islands to come to in greece. sounds like symi is beautiful!

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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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