>> Friday, August 1, 2014 – accommodation, art exhibition, busy time of the year, cultural life on Symi, ferries, saving for the winter, summer holidays, Symi in August, Symi shrimp festival, the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin, yachts
|The remnants of a child's birthday party on the Kali Strata. Look out for this rather distinctive facade and plant pots on your way up or down as the building opposite is...|
|... the current home of the Symi Gallery where a new exhibition opens this evening.|
|An amazingly detailed facade on an old mansion on the Kali Strata. This building is a true landmark.|
|Street names are largely ignored on Symi. This is the official name of the Kali Strata. Ierou Lochou means Sacred Band, the group of crack Greek troops formed during the Second World War, named after the Sacred Band of Thebes. Virtually have town, city and village in Greece has an Ierou Lochou street.|
|As we go into the first week of August, the busiest time of the year in Greece, Yialos remains packed with yachts and gulets.|
|The line up of excursion boats and water taxis at the head of the harbour, Yialos.|
|The big floating crane that is operating near Petalo and the fuel station, arranging the concrete blocks for the new commercial jetty. Yes, that is the road from Yialos to Chorio, Pedi and Panormitis passing above.|
|A chapel bell tower in Lieni.|
|As the figs ripen in the sun they start to exude sugar syrup.|
accommodation still available on the island. Anyone who has left it to the last minute to find somewhere to stay - or to book ferry tickets - may well be disappointed as the ferries are packed too. The ferry websites are www.12ne.gr/en and www.bluestarferries.gr and it really is important to book your tickets well in advance. Now that we no longer have ANES, Symi's own ferry company, we are dependent on boats that serve many other destinations as well so naturally they are serving a far wider client base.
This is the fortnight when many seasonal businesses have to make their winter rent money and hope that their earnings will tide them through an increasingly long and hard winter as economic recovery is slow in coming to the islands. No wonder, then, that the shopkeepers, barkeepers and taverna owners of Symi are wishing each other Kalo Mina!
Cultural events this weekend include the opening of a new exhibition at the Symi Gallery featuring photographs by Ged Horton and collages by Ian Haycox, and the annual Symi Shrimp Festival on Saturday evening. This will take place in the Syllogos Square in Chorio and will feature traditional music and dancing in addition to bountiful Symi shrimp! You are all welcome.
Have a good weekend.