It is a damp grey day on Symi. It is also quite noisy as all the workers are in the coffee shops, discussing local politics and waiting for the weather to improve. With luck this will be around Friday, when the present tangle of wet and stormy weather that is slowly revolving through the central Mediterranean finally passes over Greece and Turkey.

The following inspiring item appeared on today.

Weather warning

Authorities tell people to watch out for heavy rain, high winds

The National Meteorological Service and the Civil Protection Authority warned last night that many parts of Greece were set to experience heavy rainfall today, which is set to continue until tomorrow. The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which are expected to reach gale force in the Aegean today. Tomorrow, western Greece, the Ionian islands, Crete and the Dodecanese islands are likely to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

Colour Swatches - the restoration of this mansion on the Kali Strata is progressing rapidly,
 despite the weather.

Spotted in a Chorio pergola at the weekend.

While the island’s cats are seeking out the high ground and the workers are hanging about in the coffee shops, what is probably the last cruise ship of the season passed through Symi yesterday. This photograph was taken from the hairpin bend in the motor road that connects Yialos and Chorio and gives an idea of how these ships dwarf Yialos and its building. Symi really is like toyland.

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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