November Postcards from Symi

Heavy clouds rolling over Pedi Bay this morning. 

A very different colour palette to Symi in the summer.

The grass is growing, the cyclamens are back and the moss has greened over again.

A typical small farm in the Pedi Valley.

Time to plough the pocket-handkerchief terraces so that the next rains soak in.

A ruined house in Chorio.  The various markings are to attribute ownership.

A typical lane in central Chorio.  

Pilgrims off the Blue Star, heading for the bus stop and a ride to Panormitis.

A stream of pilgrims, newly arrived off the Blue Star and heading for Panormitis for the big name day celebrations tomorrow.  Many are carrying brooms and besems to be blessed.  There will be celebrations at the other important monasteries dedicated to St Michael too - Kokkimides and Roukoniotis
Every boat that has come into Symi this week has brought ever more pilgrims for the Panormitis Festival which takes place tomorrow.  The Panormitis bus has been toiling up and down the mountain, heavily laden on the way across to Panormitis and empty on the way back. The Blue Star is providing an extra service at the weekend to help fill the gaps as with the Panagia Skiadeni out of commission there is not other way for heavy traffic to get on and off the island.  The Dodecanese Seaways catamarans are providing what is effectively a shuttle service between Panormitis and Rhodes.

The big weather front that is currently over the Adriatic is slowly heading this way, bringing wind and rain for the weekend but also a slight rise in temperatures as the wind will be from the South East.  It should be about 23 degrees centigrade midday tomorrow.  Next week should be mild and sunny.

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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