|A Little Sphinx looks down from the roof of the patisserie in the lane next to our office.|
|This is a cake shop. The garlic is to keep bad luck away rather than to enhance the baklava!|
|Dittany, a special herb indigenous to Crete, growing in the window of the Steno Kafeneion, a little ouzerie/bar/cafe that runs between two lanes near our office.|
|A steel-clad shop door in Yialos, held together with many solid rivets.|
|A lingering May Day posy on the door of a supermarket warehouse in the back lanes of Yialos.|
|A recent and varied line up in Yialos. One of the island's two ATMs is at the Alpha Bank, defined in this photograph by the two masts of the gulet in the foreground. The other ATM is at the National Bank by the bridge at the head of the harbour.|
Symi has an overwhelming 'wow' factor, with its pretty pastel houses lining the iconic amphitheatre harbour, but closer inspection reveals all sorts of other delightful details. Today's photographs share some of these with you. Take time to look around you when you go for a walk and you won't be disappointed by Symi's little surprises. I have lived here for 20 years and I still spot new and different things, or the same things in a different light or season. That is why I have been blogging Symi since March 2001 and still haven't run out of things to share with you.
Have a good week.