>> Monday, May 25, 2015 – boutiques and shopping on Symi, eating out on Symi, Life on Symi in May, May visitors, May weather, Symi crafts, Symi shops, Symi traditional life.
|The overnight yachting fraternity, unraveling tangled anchors before setting off for the day's sailing to the next port of call.|
|A gypsy van is going round the island at the moment, selling clay pots from Crete and big bags of potting soil. In the background you can see the water taxis lined up with customers already on board, waiting for the first departure of the day.|
|Although our office faces the sea, the entrance is in the lane to the side. This is the colourful display at the chandlery opposite our entrance. That strange object on the right, behind the bikes, is a large fibreglass ice cream cone belonging to the cake shop next door to us.|
|Two very traditional shops in the back lanes. The one on the left specialises in Greek products and organic foods. The one on the right is the tin smith who makes lanterns and other domestic items, a skill he learned from his late grandfather.|
|There are several cool and shady tavernas among the back lanes. The shop with the green shutters is one of the two modern butcheries in the harbour. The third butcher is up in Chorio.|
|Home made traditional patisserie, fancy designer labels, a specialist sunglasses shop and a specialist wine shop can be found in this square at the back of Yialos.|
|The post office at the back of Yialos. The shop on the right is one of several specialist wine shops in Yialos, selling Greek and imported wines and spirits.|
|7 a.m. and lots of yachts lying at anchor in Pedi bay.|
|This blog is developing something of an equine theme.|
|A tangle of grave vine and pomegranate blossom in an old garden at the top of the Kali Strata|
|One of my fans, Joy Steptoe, came into the office this morning and asked to be photographed on the balcony as an alternative to doing a webcam wave. Apologies for the blinding sunshine in the background! At this time of the year many of the island's regular visitors come into the office, even if they aren't staying specifically in our accommodation.|
Have a good week.