Melt in the Heat

Rhea, a classic tall ship that visits Symi on a regular basis every summer.

An elaborate neo-classical pediment on the Kali Strata.

This little house near the high school is being restored.  All the old plaster has been chipped off, revealing that as with so many old Symi stone houses, it is constructed from a mixture of stones of varying sizes held together with mud.  Pre-neoclassical, this has stood for centuries and is probably good for a few more.

Aha, the little hire boats are finally in their usual spot by the clock tower.

Traditional Turkish wooden gulets face off against the modern fibreglass brigade across the harbour.

A cruise ship from Cyprus dwarfs the Nikolaos X excursion boat in Yialos earlier this week. This photograph was taken from the balcony of my office, hence the sweep of power lines across the view.  Symi is festooned with power lines in all directions and forests of poles.  They are as much a part of the landscape as the neo-classical pediments.

As the figs ripen in the sun the natural sugars melt in the heat and run out of the fruit.

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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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