Happy New Year from Symi

Sorry it’s a little belated but as you know Adriana is on holiday and Wendy and I have been to the UK for the New Year celebrations with family and friends. The journey back was tortuous but seeing Symi harbour and witnessing the hustle and bustle of the unloading of goods from the vessel ‘Ierapetra’ made our return journey home worth it.

The weather at the moment on Symi is beautiful with a temperature between 17 – 24 degrees centigrade and clear blue skies; Northern Europe is a cool 7 degrees C and cloudy.


I love this time of year on the island when the sun casts its shadows on everything it touches, a photographers dream. The trees are still bearing fruit, oranges, lemons etc. Our Christmas presents from friends included homemade tasty orange marmalade and lemon pickle, the pickle will make a lovely accompaniment to spice meats and curry.

Walking down the Kali Strata the heady smell of wood smoke is in the air as lunch or dinner is being cooked. Washing is also in abundance on the various washing lines and other makeshift supports as the Symiots take full advantage of this glorious sunny weather.

Mules making another delivery down the Kali Strata.

This evening I am preparing a Coriander soup (as a starter) with a main course of turkey / potato mayonnaise salad, don’t worry the turkey is not a Christmas leftover, it’s the remains of a fresh turkey crown left over from Sunday lunch.

Have a nice week and stay warm.


Anthony –   – (Monday, January 17, 2011)  

Makes me wish I was on Symi now!! I'm hoping once again to get out in March, but perhaps I should think of January for next year.

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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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