Narrow Winding Lanes and Alleys

Waiting patiently for her owner.  

If you look carefully, there is a clump of white freesias growing from the top of the wall in the centre of the photograph.

The rubble filling this ruin turns into a vertical garden at this time of the year.

While Yialos, Symi's harbour, is famously steep with the houses lining the amphitheatre connected by perpendicular flights of stairs, up in Chorio, the old village, approaches are more gentle, along narrow winding alleys and lanes, punctuated by only occasional flights of steps.  Look at those orange trees overhanging the walls.

With so many Symiots reverting to their agrarian roots to weather the economic storm, the agricultural shop next to the town hall in the harbour is doing well.  This is the place to go for mushroom spawn, seed potatoes and commercial quantities of wheat, barley and other field crop seeds. They also stock organic fertiliser.

The locals usually pull their boats out of the water in the winter, parking them wherever they can find a vacant spot.  This one, tethered to a tree in the town square, is providing a sunny conservatory for a local cat to nap in.

A sheep in the Pedi Valley, happily munching among the oregano bushes and wild grasses.
February has come to an end and it looks as though the wet and windy weather we usually have in February is coming to us for March instead.  There has been a marked deterioration in the weather and rain, thunderstorms and strong winds are forecast for the next few days - a bit disappointing as Monday is Clean Monday, a holiday traditionally spent in picnics and kite flying in the mountains.  At the moment the forecast is for 90% rain on Monday - an uninspiring start to Lent.

Apart from Clean Monday there is a second bank holiday next week, 7 March which is Dodecanese Day. This commemorates when the Dodecanese group of islands became part of modern Greece after the Second World War.  Every island has a parade with traditional dancing in local costumes.  Although it is Lent, wine and meat are permitted on Dodecanese Day.

Have a good weekend.  I will be back on Tuesday, after the holiday.


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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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