>> Monday, October 27, 2014 – Ochi Day, October weather, Panormitis Festival, public holidays, Symi culture, Symi in October
|Autumn light and cloud shadows.|
|Pediment details on the Kali Strata.|
|On the Kali Strata there are many mansions, some restored, some ruined, some decaying with quiet neglect, waiting for absent or impecunious owners to one day find the money to restore them to their former glory.|
|The bell tower of St John's church at the back of Yialos.|
|There's a cat posing among the pot plants near St John's courtyard in Yialos. Can you see him?|
|An inscrutable cat pretending to be invisible.|
|Drying out wet deck cushions on the Poseidon on the right. The water taxi service is now finished for the year.|
|The bunting is up for tomorrow's Ochi Day Parade. Tomorrow is a major public holiday in Greece so banks and government offices and many businesses will be closed. There's a lone late season megayacht on the quay but otherwise very little activity.|
As the tourist season draws to a close many of the locals are busy with preparations for the Panormitis Festival at the other end of the island. This takes place over the 7th and 8th of November and pilgrims come from all over Greece to stay at the monastery. It is a very Greek event and is an opportunity to celebrate in a way that is totally divorced from mainstream tourism. A bit of a travelling fair sets up around the monastery with hawkers setting up stalls to sell socks, oranges, Chinese power tools and freshly fried doughnuts plus anything else that can be loaded onto a pickup truck or sold from a market stall. The ferry timetable is now available for the Panormitis festival period if you are going to be here at that time.
Have a good week.