A Few Last Minute Gaps

Early morning sunshine sparkling on Pedi Bay and lighting up the rows on the Turkish coast opposite.

We have heard that Katerinettes is now open as an art gallery and exclusive club.

An enthusiastic grapevine bursting from a courtyard on the Kali Strata.

The central section of the Kali Strata steps.

A distinctive landmark property on the waterfront in Yialos with splendid uninterrupted views of the amphitheatre harbour.

Colourful facades in Yialos.

Everyone is facing the harbour except for one little house resolutely facing the other way.  I wonder what the story is behind this house.

June is drawing to a close and the Symi is getting busy as high season approaches.  Houses and hotels are filling up but there are still a few last minute gaps if you are prepared to take what you can get.  Last minute bookings are something of a lottery as obviously one cannot by choosy about views and locations but in a place where accommodation is generally of a high standard you are unlikely to be disappointed.

The asphalting of the road continues so the taxi service is not running but the bus driven by the indomitable Lakis and his son, Thanasi, is continuing regardless.  Good news regarding buses is that the summer schedule includes a 3 o'clock bus and the last bus from Pedi during the peak weeks will leave from 12.30 at night so visitors can beat the heat and bustle of the harbour and have dinner in the relative peace and quiet of the Pedi waterfront and still get home again.

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.

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