My First Symi Christmas

As Christmas approaches on Symi, I notice that the festive lights are gleaming in the early evening, nothing compared with the lights in London, but I find them charming in their simplicity. The hardware stores are selling imitation Christmas trees and decorations, I also notice that the supermarkets in Chorio are stocking tins of goodies, chocolates, nuts and Cranberry Stollen (which is one of my favorites cakes) In our household we are already buying scented candles, which seem to be leaving the shelves at an alarming rate. It is amazing when on the Greek television news we see the whole of Northern Europe covered in snow while here on Symi we are basking in temperatures of 18/28 degrees C, my winter sweaters are still packed in boxes and I have given my snow shoes to friends in readiness for their return to snowy climates.
During my daily walks with Sandori through Pedi valley, who by the way has now returned home and is extremely happy with the modifications to his house, the wild oregano is in abundance and the aroma as my feet brush against it is both exhilarating and intoxicating.


Vine Leaves turning to their Winter Colours

Christmas Lights in Yialos


Anonymous –   – (Thursday, December 16, 2010)  

merci amigo! grand poteau!

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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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