>> Friday, May 22, 2015 – beaches and water taxis, Greek banks, Symi in May, Symi's horses, the Greek economy
|Who needs cute kittens on the internet when Symi can provide a cute foal?|
|A group from the Symi Sea Dreams excursion boat, listening to a potted history of Symi from their guide.|
|Wild oregano is irresistible to butterflies.|
|Pedi bay at 7 a.m. looking down from Lieni.|
|The carpenter's cats at the bottom of the Kali Strata.|
|Another view of Lemonitissa church, this time from one of the lanes at the back of the harbour. That is a caper bush growing out of the top of the building on the left.|
|The noddy train has a new coat of paint.|
my office window, festooned with ropes of garlic for sale. The Blue Star was only an hour late this morning, coming through from Tilos. This is the only direct connection between Tilos and Symi. On the other days of the week one has to go via Rhodes and stay over night to make the connection with Dodecanese Seaways.
We have been hearing from regular visitors that there have been stories in the British tabloid press recently that there is no money in the Greek banks and that there is no food in the shops. Well, we can assure you that the banks on Symi are functioning fine and there is an abundance of food in the shops now that we have daily connections between Rhodes and Symi. One can even buy such obscure items as agave syrup and a full range of sushi ingredients as well as the usual succulent sun-ripened tomatoes, crispy sweet cucumbers and voluptuous aubergines so please do not believe what you read in the tabloids! While there are indeed many poor, unemployed and homeless people in Greece, particularly on the mainland, that does not mean that there is no food in the shops or the tavernas in the islands.
Have a good weekend.