Symi Cinderella

I spotted this abandoned shoe on the Kali Strata one morning recently as I walked to work, leading me to wonder if some Symi Cinderella had lost it, hastening home up the steps the night before. The small pink plastic flower does not belong to the shoe, but may have the same provenance. 

Another view of dawn breaking over the sea from the top of the Pedi Valley.  We may be sweltering with temperatures in the forties but the days are becoming perceptibly shorter now and the sun only rises over the mountains at about 7 a.m.

Symi is a famously steep island, the houses arranged in tiers up the cliffs and connected by steps, the most famous of which being the Kali Strata which passes diagonally across this hillside.  There is still a surprising amount of open land in the vicinity of Lemonitissa Church where sheep and goats graze in the winter and cockerels provide a rustic dawn chorus in what is effectively an urban area.  On Symi the boundaries between town and country are very blurred.

Short shadows and hot pavements as Symi sizzles in the summer sunshine.  Yes, that is my shadow bottom right.

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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