Dodecanese Day 2014

The Greek flag, fluttering proudly from a cliff top overlooking the harbour.
Patriotic bunting and children forming up to march to the War Memorial.
Someone who knows what he is doing when it comes to fishing...
Two taxi drivers, contemplating the fishing prospects.  With so little activity in Yialos it is not uncommon to see men setting fish traps or fishing with rod and line around the harbour to pass the time between customers.

Cat against the sky, Stavros church parish in Chorio. During a sunny interval yesterday I went for a walk around the old part of Chorio, up round the huddle of churches at the top of the Kataraktis.

Black cat, Stavros Church parish in Chorio.  The grass on the steps was flattened by torrential rain flowing down the steps the day before.

Little more than the facade remains of this pretty house near the ruined Kastro.  Symi houses are generally not big, particularly up in Chorio where the houses huddle together in what would have been the shelter of the castle.  It was only in the affluent sponge-diving days of the late nineteenth century that substantial mansions were built, on the Kali Strata and down in Yialos.

When I first came to Symi there were lots of small grocery shops in odd corners of Chorio. These have dwindled away as the owners have died and their children look for more exciting ways of earning a living.  This retro display cabinet is outside one of these old shops.  Note the cat snoozing on top.

Cats at the main rubbish collection point in Chorio.  The sign says, quite literally 'rubbish'.   The cats find the derelict old sofas comfortable in the tepid winter sun.  At some point the municipality will send a large truck to collect these sofas and any other items that are too big and awkward for the skip and take them up to the dump but in the meantime Symi's feline population is taking advantage of the facilities.

The day is dark and heavily overcast but it did not rain on the parade.  The cafes around the harbour are now full of happy school children and their parents as it is a day off school.  Now that everyone is under cover, no one minds about the threatening rain and big splats are already dotting the paving.  In fact they are rapidly turning into a downpour as I write and I have had to close the balcony windows. The weather forecast remains unsettled for the next few days although further shipping disruptions seem unlikely as no strong winds are expected.  Temperatures remain around 10 degrees centigrade at night, rising to about 16 degrees centigrade during the day. Although our rain comes from the south, riding on warm air from North Africa, with so many overcast days not much sun is filtering through at the moment and Symi is a lot cooler than it was 10 days ago.

The next holiday is Independence Day which also coincides with the Annunciation on 25 March and that is almost always a sunny day.

Have a good weekend.


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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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