From the Kali Strata, Symi to the Datca Street Market in Turkey

An imposing door to a neglected mansion on the Kali Strata.

The municipal whitewashing marathon is now working its way down the Kali Stata. This is the section from the view corner up to the square with its tavernas and kafeneions.  The Symi Dream shop and the Olive Tree are on this stretch.

A municipal employee weeding and sweeping the Kali Strata in anticipation of the painter who is working his way down from the top.  No rogue lettuce or stray dandelions will stand a chance.

Cartoon carpets airing on the Kali Strata.

The new organic ethnic food shop that has opened in Yialos, near our Symi Visitor Accommodation office.

A butcher's shop in Datca, Turkey.  No one in Turkey is squeamish about window displays in this part of the world and butchers in both Greece and Turkey have no problems with displaying carcasses in the window or in the display cases.  The red colour of the sausages comes from generous quantities of sweet paprika and tomato.

The fresh produce market in Datca.  Shopping bags on wheels are standard kit for street market shoppers, whether in Datca or at the Laiki (popular street markets) in Rhodes and Athens.

Another view of the street market in Datca.  As the rainfall is higher there, they are able to grow all sorts of things in their sheltered valleys.  You can find anything you want as long as it is locally grown and in season.

Bling and some rather formidable foundation garments on the right.

Time for the shop assistants to take a tea break before packing up at the end of the day.
I went to Datca, Turkey,  for the weekend to help friends bring their boat back.  We had a little time in the street market on Saturday afternoon before it was all packed away.  This market goes all round the region and is set up in the back lanes of Datca town every Saturday.  It sells everything from fresh produce and artisanal cheeses to designer knock-offs, jolly plastic housewares and agricultural implements. There is even a fellow who fixes new handles on saucepans and hoses on vacuum cleaners.  Although there is no longer an official weekly excursion to Datca from Symi as the legislation became too onerous and expensive, there is none the less still a lot of traffic between the two ports.  It was interesting to observe that a lot of the larger and more glamourous boats that we see coming into Symi, flying the US flag and registered in Wilmington, Delaware, are actually Turkish owned and this is simply a flag of convenience.

On Sunday morning a succession of fat rain clouds drifted across Datca and poured rain upon us.  We had quite a bumpy trip back across in the early afternoon in a brisk south-westerly wind and big thunderclouds hovered, growling purple over the Turkish coast. Symi remained determinedly dry and only had the benefit of the special effects.  According to the long range forecast, however, there is the possibility of more thunderstorms and squally weather later this week so we may yet have another downpour like the showers we enjoyed last week.

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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