Steep Hills and Cliffs

One of the many small rural chapels on the island, cheerfully decorated to celebrate its name day earlier this week.  

One does not have to rise very early to see the dawn at this time of the year.  It is very dark in the mornings now and some parts of the island are in shadow for much of the day due to the steep hills and cliffs.

The upper reaches of the Kali Strata - the spring whitewash is holding well.  This is the home run for those climbing up and you will find refreshments in the form of the Olive Tree cafe , Giorgio's taverna, the Rainbow Bar and Lefteris' Bar (often referred to as Bulmas) and Syllogos restaurant as you get to the top.  The village square, officially known as Syllogos Square, is just to the right at the top and is a popular venue for all sorts of celebrations.

Not much yachting activity around the clock tower. The little hire boats have been packed away for another year and there are few gulets passing this way now.

The Cypriot cruise ship Salamis Filoxenia in Symi on Tuesday morning, none the worse for her adventures last week.

A local fishing boat returning to Yialos, dwarfed by the massive car ferry, the Blue Star Diagoras from Piraeus.

There are still enough people around to put together some excursions and the taxi boats are still running, albeit with far few passengers and they seem to be kitted out for bird watching and botanising rather than sunbathing!

This lane in the harbour, Yialos, leads to the start of the Kali Strata steps.  That is Lemonitissa church high on the cliff overlooking the harbour. The houses on the cliffs are connected by a network of steps and lanes, some cutting down steeply to join up with the Kali Strata and others meandering along the contours. Very few houses in this part of Symi have easy access but the views are always worth it in the end.
My blog is a day early this week as I am off to Turkey tomorrow for a couple of days to help with a yacht delivery.  I hope to have some interesting photographs for you on Monday!

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.

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