Some August Postcards from Symi

A patch of blue on the Kali Strata.

Bright petunias in Chorio.

A welcome sight - the water ship at the clock tower this morning.   Symi is a famously dry island with no natural water reserves so it is dependent on the water ship. This is one of the reasons why we don't have swimming pools! The other is that the island is a heritage site and the architecture is protected so even if there was enough water and sufficient flat land to build pools, the archaeologia who protect Symi's architecture, would not permit it.

A few clouds above the Kastro and Lemonitissa church early this morning.

More clouds on the horizon.

The discreet entrance to the Old Markets boutique hotel near the bottom of the Kali Strata.

The view from our office at 9 this morning.

The big ketch had a few anchor problems...

... which took the best part of an hour and three dinghies to resolve.

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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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