>> Friday, July 31, 2015 – cultural life on Symi in the summer, Greek crisis, life on Symi in August
|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.|
|...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.|
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.