A Typical Symi Monday

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.
May is drawing to a close and may go out with a thunderstorm or two, judging by the long term forecast for this week.  We will all be unplugging our modems at the first rumble of thunder as the island's lone OTE telephone technician is still rushing about, trying to repair the damage from the big thunderstorm two weeks ago!

Have a good week.


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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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