Your Monday Symi Fix

Do you know the whereabouts of this cave on Symi?  Barry Hankey, philhellene and expert walker, has a fascinating walking blog that you might be interested in.  This photograph is actually copyright Barry Hankey.

This free range hen has two chicks, a black one and a grey one.  The grey one is on the rocks to the right, with its back to us. Can you see it?

The Kastro as seen from Lieni.  All that remains of the original castle is portions of the walls and much of the surrounding area was destroyed when the retreating Germans blew up the munitions which they were storing in the Kastro.  The area is slowly being rebuilt by private owners but is still very much a patchwork with many ruins as there is no vehicle access and much of the area can only be reached by very narrow lanes, making rebuilding expensive.  We have many attractive and interesting rental properties in this area.

The Milos area of Chorio, so called because of the row of windmills along the crest of the hill.  This is the most convenient part of Chorio as the houses are accessed along lanes following the contour and there are bus stops above and below because the motor road passes round the houses in a big horseshoe.  The Little Blue House is in this area, as are Olympic Holidays' popular Anastasia apartments.  The terracotta building in the foreground is the Taxiarchis Hotel.  Houses in this area are a good choice for late season holidays because they get the sun.  The houses on the other side of this hill have wonderful harbour views but at this time of the year are often in the shade.

After a whole summer without any formal trips to Datca scheduled, what do I see on my way to work this morning but a poster advertising day trips to Datca with Dodecanese Seaways for the last two Saturdays of October.

Mavrovouni, 'black mountain', is the name of the hill behind the town hall, overlooking the square in Yialos.  This is where you will find Villa Iris and Spiti Grand Helene.

Virginia creeper turning the old laundry on the Kali Strata into Sleeping Beauty's hideaway.  Note the colour-co-ordinated ginger cat in the door way to the right.

A cruise ship from Cyprus came in this morning. 
This one left at 1 p.m. and was promptly followed by the French-flagged L'Áustralis.

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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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