July Postcards from Symi

Heading down the Kali Strata in the early morning, a small ginger cat preceding me.

A cool hammock for an early morning nap, the Chrysalis cat likes his breezy spot on the bamboo.

Essential supplies at a taverna door - garlic, lemons, aubergines and cucumbers.

Unravelling anchors in Yialos.

The Blue Star ferry, a 3 masted schooner, a gulet and a miscellany of power boats - there is always something different coming or going in Yialos at this time of the year.

Motor yachts facing off in the harbour.

A picturesque Turkish vaporetto-style wooden motor yacht lies alongside the Panagia Skiadeni on Thursday morning.

Symi is famous for its many steps, particularly in the harbour area where the houses are built into the cliffs. This distinctive flight is next to the war memorial.  

Hand made leather goods, sponges, pumice and other unique gifts for sale along the harbour front in Yialos.

Sunhats, sunhats...

...and yet more sunhats.  There is no need to squeeze sunhats into your luggage when there is such a good range available for sale locally.  
July sizzles to a hot and humid close with temperatures in the forties and high humidity.  It is the season for hot summer nights with live music, dancing and other diversions to take our minds off the heat. There was a successful rock concert by a local band in the Chorio square last night. There is an event on the quay in Pedi this evening, on Sunday night there is the Symi Shrimp festival in the square in Chorio from 9 p.m.  This annual event is organised every year by the Symi Women's Association and involves plentiful sauteed shrimps, Greek wine and traditional dancing in the square. The Sunday evening film show has been shifted to Monday so that everyone can attend both if they wish.  Most events are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

We are heading into the busiest time of the year now, with lots of arrivals coming into the island this weekend as the first two weeks of August are official holiday time in many Mediterranean countries including Italy, Cyprus and France as well as Greece.  We have lots of Turkish visitors on the island too as well as various Scandinavians and long haul visitors from America, Australia and South Africa.

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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