The Spring Clean is Starting

Analipsi monastery at the mouth of Nimborio Bay. This monastery can only be reached by sea and there is actually a boat shed concealed in the cliff beneath the monastery.  The hill to the right is actually the island of Nimos and there is a narrow, fairly shallow, channel of water between the two. The Dodecanese Seaways catamaran can nip between the two but the big Blue Star ferry has to go all the way round.

Looking up as one wanders about, one spots some interesting things. This rather precarious spiral staircase, from the balcony to the roof, is handy for adjusting the angle of the television aerial and no doubt gives a bit of a sea view across the rooftops of Yialos.

Old feta cheese tins come in handy for growing basil and other culinary herbs.

No, those aren't two very exotic green birds - they are two clumps of green horta for two quite small budgies to nibble on. The hand lettered sign below is advertising a lounge suite plus coffee table and magazine rack for sale for 300 euros.

For those who prefer something less likely to leak rust on the windowsill than the tins in the photograph above, the Symi Flower shop has this amazing collection of brightly coloured plastic pots.

Not much activity here yet.  The long process of painting and decorating after the wet and stormy weather of the winter is only just beginning for the tourist businesses on Symi.

The view from side balcony of Symi Visitor Accommodation.

The floating crane lying of the fuel station.  The work is proceeding slowly on building a new jetty for the big boats.  A new road link will then be built to connect with the motor road above.

It is a calm and hazy day on Symi.  It is about 20 degrees centigrade and temperatures are expected to start to rise from this week.  Symi is starting to wake up and shake off the clouds of winter.  People are opening up houses and shops that have been closed for months and assessing the work that needs that doing before the tourist season starts.  A few places will be open for Easter but most places will wait for the main tourist arrivals that start coming in May. The water taxis and excursion boats only start to operate around the middle of May when they receive their licenses for the season.

In the meantime we continue to enjoy the early spring weather.  Up in Chorio the spring clean is starting and housewives are treating themselves to cheerful new plants and flowers from the flower shops in the harbour to brighten their balconies.

I am off to catch the Symi bus.

Have a good week.


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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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