A Quiet Moment

Misty early morning in Yialos and the gulets and motor boats start to pull out.  Although it is still very hot, the days are growing shorter and when I come down to work the sun is barely over the hill.

The sphinx on the roof of the cake shop next to our office is so weather-beaten she has lost more than her nose.

Lemonitissa church, the big church on the Kastro/Acropolis on the side overlooking the harbour.  Our office is immediately beneath it.

A billboard in Chorio announcing the concert at Petalo tonight. There is also a big party over on the island of Nimos tonight, 23 August, when the little church on the island celebrates its name day.  This is traditionally an all night event and the water taxis ferry everyone across for music, dancing, food and wine.

Gulets and yachts crowded around the clock tower in Yialos.

Doves sharing a quiet moment on a power line on the Kali Strata.

Up in Chorio there are traditional tavernas where meals can be enjoyed in the peace and quiet, far from the hubbub of the harbour crowds.

As the French and Italian summer house owners are heading home the water toys are being hauled out and packed away for another year.

There is a pleasantly cool breeze today and the flags on the bridge are flying proudly.

One of the horses used for the popular carriage rides in the harbour, heading back up Mavrovouni to his stable.

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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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