A Bright Sunny Day

The Nireus Hotel, newly painted but still closed.  Note the boat in the foreground.
There are boats chocked up all round the island at this time of the year.

The Niriides Hotel, still wearing storm shutters.  Most of the properties in Nimborio have these storm shutters to protect the fancy proper shutters from the ravages of the winter weather.

 The weather seems to be holding and it is a bright sunny day on Symi. The temperatures are in the low to mid twenties, dropping to about 18 degrees in the evening.  There are a few tourists around, mainly friends of people staying on the island catching a bit of spring sunshine before the season starts, and occasional day trippers from Rhodes coming over on the Dodecanese Seaways for the day when it does its trip to Kos and the northern Dodecanese and back.   More shops and cafes are starting to open up in both the harbour and Chorio and there is a lot of painting and decorating going on as you can see from the photographs.  More remote locations such as Pedi and Nimborio, however, are still firmly closed up.

We are still experiencing problems with the telephone lines and internet system and there is a simmering frustration around the island. Another source of frustration is the recent announcement that to cut costs the island’s junior school will be combining classes and reducing the teaching staff, dropping some subjects and increasing class sizes to around 40-50 pupils.  Parents, teachers and pupils are protesting outside the town hall today.

It looks as though it will be a mild and sunny weekend with the possibility of rain and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday so the chaps at Pachos had better finishing painting those chairs!

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.

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