February Postcards from Symi

The Greek and EU flags,, fluttering brightly on the bridge in Yialos.

Ducks ...

... crossing the street...

... and heading for Eva's cafe.

The customs slipway, looking as it usually does in the summer.

Small birds in search of fallen crumbs outside the bakery.

Galloping white horses across the bay on Wednesday mornning.  The captain of the Diagoras chickened out of docking and will forever more be referred to as Captain Kotopolou (chicken in Greek)!

The cold north wind brings clear skies and an inky blue sea - not to mention plummeting temperatures.  It has been below freezing the last couple of nights.

Stormy seas off Pedi.

Happy Chinese New Year!  It is the year of the sheep...

The air smells of wood smoke as nearly everyone has a wood burning fire these days and in these temperatures they are in use.
It is another cold and windy day on Symi. The Blue Star should, we hope, be docking in Symi tonight en route to Piraeus.  Not only did she not stop in Symi on the way through to Rhodes on Wednesday but she was unable to dock in Rhodes either and spent the night lying off Pefkos/Lardos, half way down the south side of Rhodes, only making her way into Akandia late on Thursday afternoon, 48 hours after leaving Piraeus.  This winter really seems to have been worse than usual in terms of weather-rerlated ferry problems with not a single week going according to schedule.  We are all hoping that March will be better.

This weekend is a holiday long weekend.  It is Carnival on Sunday and Monday is Clean Monday, the start of Orthodox Lent.  I will be back on Tuesday!

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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