April Postcards from Symi

Lush new vine leaves reaching for the sky from this old courtyard on the Kali Strata.  This is when we switch from making dolmades with cabbage leaves to the better known ones made with fresh vine leaves.

The Vapori bar is open for the summer and Bella Napoli has rolled up the plastic tent and switched to summer mode.  The greengrocer is, of course, open all year round.

The fuel ship, preparing to come stern to in Yialos.  It is too big to come in at the bunkering jetty at the fuel station so the fuel is driven round the harbour in tankers. 

Judging by the paint swatch below, perhaps somebody else apart from myself thought that radiant raspberry might be a bit dazzling for the largest building on Symi.  No, it is not a fire station - it is our new undercover sports facility.

Wow.

Still no signs of life at the Windmill Restaurant in Chorio but it should be opening in a few weeks, once the weather is guaranteed to be settled.  I don't know about you but I find the pink of the oleanders particularly attractive when juxtaposed with the delicate green of the doors and gates.

Another one of my favourite views, from the top corner of the Kali Strata, before one begins the descent to Yialos.  The Diagoras was about an hour late this morning, which is considerably better than Wednesday when it was still catching up with Easter traffic.  As it goes to Kastellorizon on Fridays it will, however, be late leaving Rhodes this evening.

There is an elusive foal learning the route at the moment.  Camera shy, it kept skipping in among the adults when I tried to photograph it and my rather basic Nikon was just not fast enough to catch up.  You can just see a glimpse between the two horses on the right.  The foals learn all the routes around the island but only start to carry loads when they are fully grown and their backs are strong enough to take sacks of cement, stones, bricks and builders' rubble.
Have a good weekend.

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.

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