The View from My Office Window

The houses of Yialos cling like limpets to the rocks.
There is no avoiding steep flights of steps in the harbour.

A gentle reminder to visiting yachts and gulets from across the strait that Symi is very much a part of Greece.

Looking out from my balcony at about 11 a.m and the Artemis boutique cruise ship makes her way into Yialos.
 Note activity at the water taxis for the first time this year.

An hour later and one of the water taxis has gone out.  The group of tourists on the pavement has come from the big Symi day trip boat on the right.  Yachts are starting to mill about, looking for berths for overnight.
It is a busy sunny day on Symi and the water taxi service to the beaches has finally started.  While weather conditions are quite calm, if a little breezy, here on Symi, it is very windy indeed out in the Aegean. The Panorama II, a luxury sailing boat that was supposed to call in her on her way to Rhodes on a charter has had to give Symi a miss due to strong winds and the Blue Star ferry from Pireus still has not arrived.

Speaking of Blue Star Ferries, Andy has updated his blog with news of the big boat service for June.  It seems that we will only be getting information on the big ships a month at a time but at least the Dodecanese Seaways schedule is reasonable this year - as long as one is not trying to get from Kos to Symi on a Sunday!  We remind you that Greek ferry schedules are subject to change at short notice so always check before travelling.

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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