Hot, Sunny and Busy

Whizzing across the blue - Harani on 1 July.

NOS, the town beach where Harani ends and the road to Nimborio begins.

Yachts lying off Harani and Nimborio early on 3 July.

Pedi Bay 7 a.m. 1 July

30 June - a boutique cruise ship with 80 Israeli passengers spent the day in Symi.

30 June - midday in Yialos and plenty of activity.

Yialos, early morning 3 July, waiting for the Blue Star.

A glimpse from the Kali Strata.  Look at the colours of those bougainvillea on the right.

The Kali Strata, once Symi's high street and now my morning route to work.  A hundred years ago this was the main road connecting Chorio and Yialos.  If you look at the facades of the houses on the left you can see that the downstairs would have been shops.  In those days the island supported a population of around 20 thousand inhabitants, with a flourishing sponge diving and caique building industry.  Now we are down to about 3000 inhabitants and tourism is the main industry.

Plaster detail from an old shop front near the bottom of the Kali Strata.

Fresh produce from the market gardens of Rhodes, brought over on the Panagia Skiadeni every day.

People with celiac/cealiac disease are well catered for on Symi as grocers and supermarkets are stocking an increasingly wide range of gluten free products in addition to the naturally gluten free produce that is so readily available.
It is hot, sunny and busy on the small island of Symi.  The main season has begun. The yachts are getting bigger and every day brings new tourist arrivals to the island.  There are quite a lot of newcomers among the familiar faces and we are also taking new bookings for August, particularly from those who have left finalising their holidays to the last minute.

I am off to Athens on the Blue Star tonight and will only be back in the office on Wednesday so there will be no news from me from Symi on Monday.  I will, however, have some interesting photographs and stories to tell on my return from the mainland.

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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