Peace and Tranquility

Cloud Nine, a luxury mega yacht, dwarfed by the incoming Blue Star Diagoras this morning.

The peace and tranquility of Pedi Bay in the early morning.

Central Chorio including the Little Blue House, the Taxiarchis Hotel, the Sunrise Cafe and various other well-known holiday landmarks.

The Windmill restaurant in Chorio is now open for the summer season.

Wild thyme growing amongst the rocks along the road connecting Yialos with Chorio.

There are butterflies everywhere at the moment.

Over-nighting gulets departing from Yialos in the early morning.

The Mouragio and Harani areas of Symi harbour, showing the clock tower, police station, Nireus Hotel, Sofia's House, Merchant House, Aliki Hotel and Tsati bar.

The little tug boat that serves the floating crane, bustling back into town for supplies.

A water ship paid us a visit this week. As Symi has no natural water all water either comes from the small desalination plant on the Pedi road or is brought in by ship.  This is one of the reasons why Symi is famous for NOT having swimming pools, water theme parks, golf courses and other water hungry tourist attractions.  

Cloud Nine docking yesterday afternoon with a yacht passing under full sail in the background.
Symi is buzzing in summer season mode.  Every time I look out of the window there seems to be something new going on.  Megayachts, water ships, tug boats and ferries jockey for space with gulets and more humble sailing vessels, day trip boats, water taxis and excursion boats.  The temperature continues to rise relentlessly into the thirties and even at midnight it is around 20 degrees centigrade.

A major piece of news is that the clinic in Chorio is now closed.  Apparently Euromedica, a private hospital in Rhodes, is going to be opening up in the Chorio premises, providing an economical alternative to having to take a day off work and go to Rhodes on the ferry every time one needs to see a specialist.  Dr Xambikos Zanthos will be permanently based at the clinic in Yialos, next to St John's church, instead of dividing his time morning and evening between the two premises.

Have a lovely weekend.


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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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