The Sunny Side

Spot the cat in charge... 
The little old lady in black who feeds him has just departed down the lane.

It is a warm and humid day on Symi. The overnight drizzle has cleared, leaving a fluffy fringe of thunderclouds on the eastern horizon and a faint whiff of damp in the air. The long range weather forecast remains unsettled with the possibility of more showers later in the week as Symi slips into autumn. Temperatures are still around the 30 degrees mark at midday on Symi and evenings are mild. The September moon is always the brightest of the year and the moon rises over Pedi have been very dramatic the last few evenings with the ruddy moon blazing through the wind-streaked clouds. Definitely one of those times when I wish that my camera was a bit more sophisticated. Even with a tripod night shots come out woolly… But here is a link to one taken by our chat page moderator, Allan Robinson.

This bridge over an arch connects the main museum with the Hatziagapitos House. 
These arches and tunnels are characteristic of the oldest parts of Chorio.

Symi is still quite busy with regular visitors, walking groups, flotilla yachts and island hoppers but there is a sense that the season is drawing to a close. The water taxis knocked St George’s beach off their routes last week on the grounds that now that it is in the shadow of the cliffs from so early on very few people want to go there. While the east facing beaches may be experiencing shorter days and early shade, the bars and cafes on the sunny side of the harbour are doing brisk trade and the round the island excursion boats are busy. Away from the bustle of the harbour Symi is very quiet indeed and the cats of Chorio are discreetly in charge.

This lane is only just wide enough for a person to fit through in single file.  Small wonder that rebuilding and restoring ruins can be an expensive business.  No laden donkey would be able to squeeze through this one.
Today’s photographs were taken in the area of the museum at the top of Chorio on Saturday.

An ornate front door in Chorio.  This house is in the same lane and only one door up from the tin roof and the cat in the first photograph on this blog.

Have a good week.


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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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