Lent has Now Started

Hail stones on Symi on Saturday.

A flourishing cabbage patch behind the church on the quay at Pedi.

Sheep indulging in yellow margueritas.

Symi harbour is full of vertiginous staircases.  This is the external staircase between upper and lower floors on a typical neo-classical house in the harbour.

Some of the newer flights, made of cement, have helpful white borders so that one can easily find ones way down.

Some steps are wider and shallower than others.

Sometimes they even have railings.

Half past eight on Tuesday morning and very quiet.  In a couple of months the season will start and Yialos will be bustling with gulets, yachts and ferries but at the moment it is deserted.

The head of the harbour. The building with the green shutters in the middle is Pachos, one of the oldest kafeneions on the island.  The Symi Visitor Accommodation office is in a small building set back just to the right of it and our entrance is in the lane to the left.  In the summer this is where all the excursion boats and water taxis depart.
After a stormy long weekend with hail on Saturday, a shipping ban on Sunday and Monday due to gale force winds and plenty of rain, Lent has now started. The Carnival finery has been packed away for another year and everyone is settling down to a fasting diet of seafood, lentils and chocolate coated halva.   Webcam devotees may have caught a glimpse of the Carnival procession and festivities at the weekend, particularly the energetic zumba display which can also be seen on Youtube and the Symi Visitor Accommodation Facebook page. There are also some great Carnival photos on www.symidream.com

The weather forecast remains unsettled for the next 10 days with more rain, storms and wind on the agenda.  Easter may only be 6 weeks away but it looks as though getting the island ready for the first tourists will be done while dodging the showers.

Friday is Dodecanese Day, a local bank holiday, so this is a short week on Symi. We hope that it won't rain on the parade.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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