September Postcards from Symi

A tiny fig sprouting between the old paving stones at the top of the Kali Strata.

The Blue Star Diagoras from Pireaus coming in at 08.15 on Tuesday morning.
Later on this month it will revert to Wednesdays.

One of the fishing boats moored below my office window.

A typical morning in Yialos in September.
Visitors queuing for the water taxis to the beaches in the lull before the excursion boats arrive from Rhodes.

An early morning departure from Pedi.  The sun does not clear the hills surrounding Pedi Bay until about 9 o'clock at this time of the year, a reminder that the equinox is not far away.

The carpenter at the bottom of the Kali Strata has made new frames for these old windows and shutters.  Many of the old houses here still have the original katrani (juniper wood) doors and shutters and wherever possible these are salvaged in restoration projects.

The hills and terraces are tinder dry after months with no rain. These sheep are rooting in corners for any scraps of vegetation they can find. And yes, that is my shadow :-)

The Swan Hellenic  cruise ship, Minerva, called into Symi on Thursday.
The view from my office window is an ever changing parade of boats and people at this time of the year.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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