Views from the Balcony and Other Symi Delights

Watching the soldiers marching past on VE Day, I wondered who stood on this balcony during the Second World War and watched Allied and Axis troops march past as the island passed through the hands of various occupying forces.

Just before the main deluge on Tuesday morning.  That is the water ship lying alongside the clock tower.

A small fishing boat in in the lashing rain.

A radiant orange fisherman.

The Panagia Skiadeni and the water boat in the rain on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning sunshine with the Blue Star Diagoras and a couple of departing yachts.

A gypsy hawking strings of garlic this morning.

The Diagoras excursion boat and one of the water taxis berthed in Yialos this morning.  They haven't started operating yet for the season but more of the commercial boats are being launched. They should receive their licenses and insurance soon for the season.

Alas, Mr Drake is on his own these days.  I haven't seen his partner for at least a week and he wanders disconsolately up and down the harbour, calling for her.

Fishing nets on the quay near the customs house.

Pedi bay on Wednesday afternoon.  My camera isn't quite good enough for you to be able to see the white sails of yachts over towards the Turkish shore.  By this time the water ship was tied up in Pedi.

The flowers are opening on the rigani bushes.  Oregano, Sage and Thyme grow wild on the hills of Symi, perfuming the summer air and making hikers hungry.

Wild hollyhocks growing from an ancient stone wall in Chorio.

Honeysuckle in the garden of a restored mansion on the Kali Strata.

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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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