August in Symi

The harbour is so crowded at this time of the year, this catamaran decided to double park and raft up to a neighbour.

The morning after the end of Ramadan.  This year Eid, the holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, fell in early August, bringing us far more Turkish boats than usual.  The harbour and outer anchorages were packed on Wednesday night.

Wall to wall yachts.  The gap is left by the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran which had pulled out only minutes before.

This old Bosphorus vaporetto looks as though it is straight out of the film 'Fitzcarraldo'

Pedi bay, looking like a floating town.  I counted over 50 yachts and motor boats in there at 7 this morning.

There are, however, some quiet and uncrowded places.  There is a cat in this photograph of the Kali Strata.

Like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, the cat disappeared down a narrow alley...

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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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