All the Way from Symi

The sun catching the monastery on Nimos early on Wednesday morning.  Nimos is a small steep island just to the north of Symi, separated from Symi by a narrow channel which is too shallow for the big Blue Star ferries but serves as a handy short cut for the Dodecanese Seaways catamarans and other shallow draught vessels.

Harani is in the sunshine but the sun has yet to reach Mouragio, the area of Yialos from the clock tower to the bridge.

Villa Papanikola's facelift is nearing completion and should be ready to welcome the next generation of visitors next summer.  Many of Symi's September 'regulars' had their first Symi encounters as single holidaymakers at Villa Papanikola in years gone by.

A window with a fig tree. 
Note the etched lines in the plaster where the house was originally intended to give the impression of being made out of expensive dressed stone rather than the usual careful jigsaw puzzle of local stones held together with a mortar of mud and lime.

The plants have arrived for the garden I mentioned in an earlier blog.  This is going to be a very splendid garden indeed, judging by the specimens of trees, shrubs and perennials dotted around as the gardeners worked out their planting plan.

Sunrise over Pedi at 8 a.m. 
With Symi's steep topography it takes a long time for the autumn sun to find its away over hills and mountains and into steep valleys and gorges. 

Now you can shop at Soroco, Symi,  all year round with their new on line shop.  This features all the beautiful high quality crafted garments and lifestyle accessories for which this boutique has become known so you can treat yourself to an exciting parcel all the way from Symi whenever you want.

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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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