Still Very Quiet

The ducks investigating some interesting bits on the customs house slipway.

This bizarre arrangement is to provide solar and wind power to batteries to power two small electric outboard motors.  No, it is not some sort of floating sentry box.

Yialos is still very quiet and all the shops along the front are still closed. They won't start showing much life until late March when the owners start painting and decorating for the new season.

Probably the most photographed flight of steps in the harbour.  Day trippers delight in photographing each other posing on them.  That is the war memorial to the left with a small cenotaph.  On 25 March there will be a wreath laying ceremony there to commemorate the Greek War of Independence.

A rather more conventional vessel - a typical Symiot fishing caique.

If you go to the Symi Visitor Accommodation Facebook page you will see a photograph of this view taken some 40 odd years ago.  The most striking difference is how well wooded the Akropolis and Kastro now are.  Fewer free ranging sheep and goats have a lot to do with it.

Another view of the head of the harbour.
The long forecast rain still has not arrived, although the sky is ominously black over towards Turkey and there is a damp chill in the air.  After such a dry February we actually need this rain, particularly as the spring that supplies the main reservoir at Agia Marina is apparently no longer running to feed that reservoir.  Our part of Chorio has been without mains water for several weeks - understandable in high summer when water is diverted to the harbour for the tourists but not so normal in February.

With mayoral elections on the calendar for May this year the town hall has asked us to remind all foreign property owners and residents with EU passports who are currently on the island to please register on the voters’ roll before 28 February, i.e. this Friday.  So if this applies to you, please exercise your democratic right and register to vote.  Remember, in other parts of the world, people are still fighting to attain this privilege!

Have a good week.


Sally  – (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)  

Thank you for your lovely posts and beautiful pictures. I used to live on Corfu and miss the tiny island life. Your posts bring a sparkle to my day!

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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.

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