Photo Ops

The ancient and narrow lanes of upper Chorio are full of surprises. One never knows whether the next bend in the path will lead to more ruins or a beautifully maintained house. 


A double hibiscus bloom in the garden adjoining the museum in the top of Chorio. The museum has been closed for two years now, for restoration and renovation.  One upon a time, in Symi's heyday, it was the Austrian Embassy to Symi.

Autumn shadows.

An orange bougainvillea near the Panormition, the gymnasium (high school) off the Kali Strata.

Greek feta cheese in a back street store room.

Soroco, one of several interesting shops and boutiques to be found in the back lanes of Symi harbour. 

It has been windy all week and the taxi boats and excursion boats were not allowed to go out on several occasions.  Yes, that is indeed a floating crane you can see in the distance, just catching the morning sun.  Rumour has it that construction is about to commence shortly on the new commercial harbour by the fuel station. This has been in the pipeline for many years and is intended to provide better docking conditions for the car ferries from Pireus.  At the moment they come stern to at the clock tower and have very little margin for error as the mouth of the harbour is so narrow.

The little donkey on the left, tied to the stop sign and munching the hibiscus bushes, belongs to the elderly Symiot gentleman in the striped shirt on the right, haggling over the price of fish being sold from the back of the pick up truck. The woman in pink is a tourist, snapping a donkey photo op on her iPhone.

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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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