>> Friday, August 8, 2014 – high season on Symi, idiosyncratic charm, peaceful sheep., water on Symi
|The view from my office window at Symi Visitor Accommodation on Tuesday - a touch of glamour.|
|The view from my office window at Symi Visitor Accommodation on Wednesday - note the bicycles!|
|The view from my office window at Symi Visitor Accommodation on Thursday - that party banner appeared over night.|
|The view of the Mouragio with Harani behind, as seen from the look out point near the top of the Kali Strata above the Gymnasium (high school). Accommodation on that face of Harani includes Villa Nicola and Villa Karnayo.|
|The end of the holiday - a family wheeling their suitcases through the deserted lanes to catch the 7.45 Dodecanese Seaways catamaran to Rhodes.|
|There is going to be a satirical play in Symi dialect in the square in Yialos on Saturday night.|
|Pedi Bay in the early morning mist.|
|Pedi bay on Thursday afternoon. Much quieter and cooler than Yialos, this little seaside village is only a few minutes from Chorio on the bus. Villa Jasmine, the house in the centre of this photograph, one tier up from the sea, is a beautiful holiday home only minutes from the beach.|
|A tranquil moment in Pedi Bay.|
|Far from the hustle and bustle of glamorous Yialos sheep graze in a field in Lieni at the top of the Pedi Valley.|
Fortunately Symi is more than just pressurised water and air conditioners. Indeed, when tourism first started on the island in the 1970s the island had neither and people were still happy to visit and come back for more.
Symi has an idiosyncratic charm all of its own and demands that its visitors 'go with the flow'. Expect the unexpected and savour those moments that are unique. The clear warm sea. The beautiful architecture. The ever-changing show of yachts large and small in the harbour. The pavement cafes. The grilled octopus on your plate at the water side taverna, caught only this morning. The perfection of a sun-ripened tomato or voluptuous fig, still warm from the tree. When celebrated author, Lawrence Durrell, was told of water shortages in Rhodes after the Second World War he famously proclaimed that he was happy to bathe in wine if need be. It is that sort of attitude that can carry one through a high summer water shortage on a Greek island.
Have a good weekend.