Clear and Mild

Blue skies over Chorio

The 'second spring' has really perked up the planters and tiny gardens in Chorio.


Waiting for breakfast.

A red collar in Chorio.

Chorio gentlemen's outfitters. He will move on to Panormitis in the course of the week.

There are stories in the layers of tinted whitewash on the walls of the Symi houses.  Blue was a popular expression of solidarity with the mainland Greeks in their War of Independence.

You may recall I posted a photograph of this wall after the September rains, with a fern unfurling and the first flush of green grass coming up.  Look at how lush it is now!

Wild clematis in flower in Chorio.

Health and safety? What's that?  A death-defying ladder used by a painter in Chorio to reach a barred upper window as it can't be accessed by leaning out.  One wonders what the bars were for, so high up off the ground.

A late season megayacht, the Azzurra 2.  The water taxis and the Poseidon are now out of the water, in the boatyard in Harani and won't be launched again until the spring.
It is November and the main activity on Symi is now focused at Panormitis monastery at the south-western end of the island where preparations are well underway for the festival next weekend.  There will be some travel disruptions as there is a 2 day ferry strike, today and tomorrow, so the Blue Star won't be coming through on Wednesday as it can't leave Pireaus as scheduled on Tuesday afternoon.  We have been told that Dodecanese Seaways will be running as scheduled. There are lots of extra connections via Panormitis this week due to the festival but not so many coming through Yialos.

The weather for this week is clear and mild with temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees centigrade and no strong winds or rain expected, unlike the central and western Mediterranean.  It is excellent weather for walking and, as you can see from the photographs, botanising as the wild flowers are coming up all over the island.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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