May Postcards from Symi

The view from the office window is getting busier.  This was the scene at 8 a.m. this morning. The power boat was anchoring and the yacht was leaving.

Yialos on Sunday. Few of the tavernas and restaurants have any indoor space so they set up their tables and chairs in the street, for which they pay the town hall a fee each year.

Even the view through my favourite 'gap' on the Kali Strata is busier these days.

A May Day posy at the newsagents in Yialos.

May Day posies as the shoe shop and the supermarket.

 A May Day wreath in Chorio.

Damask roses in my garden. These are the wonderfully perfumed roses that are used to make rose water and attar of roses for the perfume industry.  Their name derives from Damascus in Syria which gives a clue to their historic origins.  They have a very short season, only flowering for a few weeks in late April and early May each year, unless there is rain, in which case the petals surrounding the buds shrink and they fail to open - that's it then until the following year.  One of life's little treats that money cannot really buy!

Doves in Lieni.

Maciek –   – (Monday, May 04, 2015)  

Reading your blog twice a week is a real treat especially if it is cold, rainy and windy here in West Wales. Look forward to being back in Symi in Septemeber.

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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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