More May Postcards from Symi

Courgettes - worth growing for their glorious golden flowers alone but prolific producers of fresh vegetables every day at this time of the year.  Like broad beans in the winter and tomatoes in feta cheese tins in the summer, Kolokouthikia (courgettes) are something that everyone grows.

Everyone waiting at the clock tower for the Blue Star Diagoras.  The red roofs in the right foreground belong to the Panormition, the high school in Chorio.  This photograph was taken from the corner of the Kali Strata, at the bend where it then goes up to the Chorio square.

One of my favourite views of central Chorio, as seen looking across the Pedi Valley from Lieni.  The Taxiarchis Hotel is the multi-coloured group of buildings on the left, just above the trees.  The windmills date back to the sixteenth century and at least two were still in use in the 1950s.  Pontikokastro (Mouse Castle) is the name given to the stone circle just visible on the ridge on the extreme right.  Legend has it that it is the burial place of King Nireus but archaeologists have yet to find anything to confirm this.

A bright splash of lantana in a garden on the Kali Strata.

Symi is a mixture of ruins and restorations.  As all the old houses have cisterns which fill with the winter rains neglected and dilapidated houses often have flourishing figs and bougainvilleas, nourished by the water their intuitive roots locate in those old cisterns.

For those who would not be seen dead on a land train Symi also has a horse and cart for more stylish trips around the harbour.

Have a good week.

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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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