Symi Summer Sunshine

The entrance to Villa Hanni in Chorio. 
Scene of happy memories for many people in the Laskarina years.

A fig growing wild among the ruins provides welcome shady in this narrow lane in Chorio.

This is one of my favourite bougainvilleas.

Mulberry trees are popular for shade but I have never seen one in 20 years on Symi that has ever had any fruit on it. The bright whiteness of the concrete below bears me out on this one.

Yellow Pear and Golden Nugget tomatoes ripening in the summer sunshine.

There is an exhibition of Cuban Art at the Symi Gallery on the Kali Strata this month.  From a personal point of view, the real revelation was the candid photographs of Ernesto (Che) Guevara loaned by Ged Horton in which he appears as an amiable and gregarious intellectual rather than the ferocious bereted guerilla whose face has launched a million T-shirts.

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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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