Bright Sunshine

Mavrovouni, the hill that frames the north side of Yialos harbour, catches the morning sun.

Autumn has rolled into Symi on a brisk westerly wind. All the haze and dust of summer has blown away and the island looks newly painted in the bright sunshine. Daytime temperatures are in the thirties, falling comfortably into the twenties in the evening. Suddenly we all feel much more awake and there is an energy to the island that is lacking in the hottest months of the summer. Even the island’s cat population has become galvanized by the drop in temperatures and more time is spent on the prowl and rather less snoozing in the nearest shady spot.

The shadows of the tamarisk trees on the wall of the priest's house in Lieni.

Many of Symi’s regular visitors are already on the island and more will be arriving in the coming days. Old acquaintances are renewed and new ones forged. Changes are commented on, for good or bad, and those who first came here as back packers in the 70s and 80s now pass around photographs of children and grand children.

Many of Symi's houses are really tiny, as typified by this charmingly restored doll's house in Chorio.

Some interesting architectural detail at the butcher's shop on the Kali Strata. 
Note the traditional carving on the doors of the house next door.

Today’s photographs were taken on the walk to work this morning and give an idea of the changing quality of the light at this time of the year. It is hardly surprising that September and October are popular months for photographers, both professional and amateur, to visit Symi. It is a delightfully photogenic island.

Freshly painted, this shop on the upper Kali Strata is looking for a new tenant.
That is the Symi Dream shop next door.

Have a good weekend.



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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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