Symi Kaleidoscope

A peaceful early morning scene in Yialos.

Excursion boats, yachts and gulets in Yialos.

Untangling anchors 

The line up of water taxis and excursion boats in front of the Sunflower laundry and Symi Visitor Accommodation.

The Poseidon excursion boat sets off on another round the island trip.

There's always something to see from the balcony.

Reminding climbers not to lose heart - the herb and coffee shop higher up the Kali Strata steps has resorted to advertising at the bend on the Kali Strata. Other rewards for perseverance include cafes, bars, boutiques, supermakets, tavernas, a butchery, two bakers - it is not immediately obvious to newcomers approaching from below but Chorio is actually the old town, the main area of habitation, and there is a whole town up there!

One of my neighbours.

Gulets on Thursday morning.

The Blue Star Paros on Friday morning.
I have lived on Symi for 20 years, and have been blogging Symi since March 2001 so I have seen many changes - but I have also seen all the things that haven't changed.  The hospitality and friendliness of the people. The beauty of the scenery. The charming architecture. The elements of the unexpected.  I have walked the same route to work for 15 years and yet there is always something new to notice, some detail that catches the eye. We stopped here by chance in 1993 and the island felt just right.  Not too big, not too small.  A perfect fit.  A bit like when you go shopping for shoes and say to the assistant, these are so comfortable I think I'll keep them on.''  So we stayed and made our home here.  I look forward to sharing Symi's delights with you for many years to come.

Have a good weekend.


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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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