The Many Faces of Symi

The Symi Visitor Accommodation office has two balconies. This is part of the view from the one over the lane.  The little sphinx on the roof next door has had a facelift now that the Stani Patisserie has moved in and restored the building.

Unravelling anchors in the middle of Yialos - a common sight.

The first rains have not arrived yet but the pale autumn crocuses are already pushing their way  through the sun-baked fields of the Pedi Valley.

Over the hills and far away.  The Pedi valley at dawn.

The pelargoniums are struggling back into life after the searing heat of summer.

The crocus field a few days later. If you look carefully you can see the  ghostly spires of squills.

The castro in the early morning sunshine.  Where the white and blue church now stands there was once a  castle, built by the Knights of St John.  The massive stone walls are all that remains.  Food for fantasy.

Everything on Symi is ever so slightly wonky.
The  little twirly things are  latches for holding back the shutters of the adjacent windows.

One of the remaining unrestored mansions on the Kali Strata.  The wood is long gone from the balcony but the brackets and the fastenings are still there to remind us of what used to be there.

The Blue Star Diagoras defied the general strike on Wednesday 26 September and came through Symi bang on time.

Thursday morning's cruise ship, the Orient Queen.
September is drawing to a close but the Symi remains busy. The weather forecast for the next 10 days is dry, hot and sunny and comparing notes with other accommodation agencies, it seems that Symi will be quite busy for the first two-three weeks of October.  It is good to know that so many people have not been discouraged by the negative publicity in the overseas media and have chosen to support Greece as a holiday destination.

The bus came back on the Proteus yesterday and normal service has resumed.

There is a fund-raising event for the Ομάδα Στήριξης Προσφύγων & Μεταναστών Σύμης 
Refugee Support Group of Symi taking place at the Symi Gallery this evening at 8 p.m  James Collins will be playing the piano and various other local musicians, both expat and Greek, will be taking part.  Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in this worthwhile cause.  For a statement of what the support group is all about please see James' recent blog posting.

Have a good weekend.


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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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