Perfectly Polished

Unlike his ancient and battered cousins in Yialos which I photographed last week, this proud lion on the Kali Strata is kept perfectly polished.

Flowering cactus near the Gymnasium, the high school.

Stripes at the Pantheon pension on the Kali Strata.

Honeysuckle and jasmine in fragrant harmony.

The newsagent next to Symi Flower and opposite the bakery at the bottom of the Kali Strata. Limited foreign press is available in a wide range of languages in the summer.  In the winter we only have Greek newspapers, often several days old due to the infrequent ferries.  This is also the shop to go to for good quality maps.

This fast food outlet went out of business and became a carpenter's shop long before I arrived in 1993.  The signs linger on as a reminder that Symi just doesn't 'do' fast food.  The gyros bars in the harbour are all traditional places providing good value for money without resorting to brash plastic signage to advertise their wares.

The fuel ship docked at the clock tower in Yialos on Thursday morning.   It is too big to dock at the bunkering jetty by the fuel station so the fuel is transported by road tankers round the harbour - quite a slow process. The anchorage behind is the area called Harani.  NOS beach is just round the corner on the right, where the large white motor yacht is anchored.

The old white horse is slowly munching his way round the Pedi Valley.

Today's sunrise over Pedi Bay with the mountains of Turkey in the background.
It is a hot and hazy day with some feathery shreds of high cloud.  Temperatures are in the mid to high thirties and we are very glad that the air conditioning at the office is now working!

Have a good 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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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