Rosy Fingered Dawn

A bustling morning in Yialos.  There is a cruise ship lying off Nimborio at the moment and the guests are being brought ashore in the lighters such as the one on the right.

Taxi boats heading for the beaches.

The downstairs of this building is a carpenter's workshop but upstairs, which was a merchant's office, has been boarded up for years since the old man died.

Before the advent of modern paints the houses were repainted every year with whitewash (asvesti), tinted with different pigments at the whim of the householder.  As the years weather it away again, a kaleidoscope of different colours emerges, creating this lovely effect.  Much more picturesque than peeling emulsion!

Most of the ruins on the Kali Strata have been restored in recent years but these two remain to capture the imagination.

A scrap of a kitten in Lieni.  Symi, like many places in Greece, has a flourishing feral cat population.  In the summer there is plenty of food around but pickings are leaner in the winter and that is when Symi Animal Welfare's admirable feeding scheme comes into play.  If you have any loose change when you pop into our office, please put it into the collection box on my desk.  Volunteers feed the cats several times a week at various feeding stations around the island throughout the winter so even when there is nothing to be found in the bins there is still something to keep them going.

The early morning sun creeping over hill at Milos.  That is the vast roof of the new undercover sports'facility in the foreground.

Homer's rosy-fingered dawn touching Pedi bay.
The equinox has passed and in theory it is now autumn.  Temperatures are still mild as the wind has now swung to the south, the direction from which our rain comes, and thunder showers are forecast for the weekend.  The hunting season has started and men on bikes with dogs riding pillion are heading up the mountain in droves to shoot partridge and quail.

The Panagia Skiadeni is still out of commission and Dodecanese Seaways are issuing schedules on a weekly basis at the moment. The on line schedule is not often updated to reflect new developments which can be very confusing but the on line ticket sales system seems to be up to date so it is best to check there.  If you prebook your tickets on line and there is any change the shipping company will then notify you.  Andy is doing his best to post regular updates on his travel blog whenever new information becomes available and we also post updates on our Symi Visitor Accommodation Facebook page.

Have a good week.


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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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