The Big Spring Clean

Symi is an island of many steps and ramps.

A wayside snail munching amongst the Alexanders.
 It is a bright and sunny spring day on Symi.  The sea is calm and the air temperature is about 22 degrees centigrade.  There is a cool northerly breeze riffling the harbour and wind-shredded clouds are streaked across the sky but in comparison to recent Fridays it is a pleasant day indeed.  There is quite a lot of activity outside as the Blue Star Diagoras came through this morning, the first big boat since last week, so people with vehicles who came over from Rhodes for the Independence Day long weekend last weekend have finally been able to get back home to Rhodes. The Wednesday Diagoras did not come through Symi as its schedule was thrown into such disarray by Monday’s gale that it was still on its way home to Piraeus from Astypalia on Wednesday morning when it should have been en route from Symi to Rhodes!  From next week we will be really spoiled as Dodecanese Seaways' car ferry, Panagia Skiadeni starts to serve the Symi-Rhodes route.

As it is Catholic Easter we have a couple of yachts in Yialos, in the form of an Austrian ketch and a large German motorboat.  The Austrian ketch has just departed, probably in search of a bit more excitement as there were a number of teenage boys on board and Symi in the midst of Lent and outside the tourist season has little offer by way of diversion for youngsters.  Even the gyros has been replaced with taramasalata!  The locals are armed with buckets and mops, paint pots and brushes, all getting stuck into the big spring clean than precedes the start of the season.  We have about two days of good weather in which to get things done before the wind arrives again on Sunday and there is more stormy stuff forecast for next week.

Happy Easter to those of you who are celebrating this weekend.  We have to wait until the 5 May for our celebrations.


Registered in Hamburg.  The masts just visible beyond belong to the Austrian ketch mentioned.

Tables and chairs packed out and ready for business.

The Diagoras departing.

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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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