In Full Swing

Small boats are as much a part of the rural landscape on Symi as the small whitewashed chapels and monasteries.  If you look carefully between the trees just to the left of the bell tower you can see a different view of the huge pile of baled hay that I photographed a view weeks ago.

The psychedelic seeds of the Dracunculas Vulgaris add a welcome flash of colour in an increasingly arid landscape.

Pedi Bay is getting busier, particularly as the cost of overnighting boats in Yialos is relatively expensive.

Count the kittens.  There are actually five...  Every cool and shady patch seems to have a cat or two snoozing in it.

The summer season is in full swing and Symi is busier by the day as more and more visitors arrive on the island.  Summer houses are being opened up and Diaspora Symiots from all corners of the earth are returning to their roots for the summer holidays.  French, Italian, Danish and British property owners are also arriving to host summer house parties of friends from far flung places.

The harbour is humming with glamorous yachts and their even more glamorous occupants and the celebrity spotting season is now open.

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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