>> Friday, September 26, 2014 – cruise ships, life on Symi in September, rain in September, shipping, Syrian crisis
|Yialos on Tuesday morning, as seen from our balcony. There are still lots of yachts around but they are much smaller and the armada of gulets has diminished considerably as the season draws to a close.|
|While anchors were being untangled in one part of Yialos, the Salamis Filoxenia was pulling in by the clock tower. Wednesday was a really busy shipping day on Symi as we had the usual Dodecanese Seaways catamaran plus the Blue Star Diagoras and two Cypriot cruise ships, one after the other. Shortly after leaving Symi the Salamis Filoxenia made the news when she picked up a ship in distress off Paphos, Cyprus and rescued 300 Syrian refugees who at time of writing are refusing to leave the ship and are demanding to be taken to Italy.|
|A misty morning over Pedi bay on Tuesday. The Turkish coast is lost in the mist.|
|The sun rising through a thick humid haze on Wednesday morning.|
|All clear in a brisk breeze on Thursday morning and the opposite coast is clearly visible.|
|Sunrise touching the row of old windmills on the crest of the hill that separates Yialos and the Pedi valley.|
|Waiting patiently to be loaded up outside Agios Eleftherios church in Chorio, near the Kampos bus stop.|
|An elegant carob in a pot outside a shop in Yialos.|
The Panagia Skiadeni remains out of commission for the foreseeable future so there have been significant changes to the Dodecanese Seaways schedules for October. If you are travelling at that time, please check. Remember, if you prebook your tickets on line they will notify you of any changes whereas if you just turn up on the quay you may be caught out by last minute changes.
Have a good weekend.