Life on Symi in November

Apparently this privately owned yacht went aground at Nimborio earlier this week and was towed round to Yialos, kept afloat by these bladders.  Salvage attempts to raise her will be taking place soon.

Wednesday morning's Blue Star Diagoras was absolutely packed, as you can see from the crowd at the clock tower.  It was our first day return to Rhodes in 10 days because of the strike and limited winter schedules and at the same time also the last for some time as Thursday's strike meant that the Friday boat would not be coming through in time for anyone needing to get to Rhodes during business hours to benefit.

If you follow this lane at the back of the harbour you will find yourself climbing the Kataraktis, the ancient path up to the Akropolis and Chorio that was used for centuries before the Kali Strata was built by wealthy sponge merchants in the late 19th century.  The fancy paving quickly turns to cobbles once one is clear of the houses and it comes out, not surprisingly, in the oldest part of upper Chorio.

One of the two dental surgeries on Symi.  While there is a constant crisis when it comes to doctors serving the community through the clinics as they are outside appointments, the two dentists are local men, indeed they are related as uncle and nephew, and they provide excellent treatment at affordable prices.

An orange tree, swelling with fruit which will ripen in the course of the next few weeks. The heavy rain in September and again in October gave the citrus trees a head-start this winter.

Symi is an extremely steep island with lots of steps.  They don't always follow any kind of cohesive order as  in many cases, such as this one, each property has built its own access steps over the years and they only merge where they pop out at the bottom.  This photograph shows access to at least 6 households built into the cliffs of Symi's Akropolis.  The remnants of the Kastro are right at the top, beyond the Greek flag.

Now that the Great Winter Sleep has begun it is very quiet in Chorio and often the only life to be seen is in feline form.

A windy sky on Tuesday.  The weather is still dominated by a big high pressure system which is showing little sign of shifting.  Temperatures remain between 16 and 23 degrees centigrade and the long range forecast remains rainless.

A rebel in Chorio.  I don't know to whom this Mercedes belongs as it has only appeared in the neighbourhood recently but whoever it is is determined to ignore the request in triplicate.
Not all of you use Facebook but if you love Symi you are undoubtedly aware of the work of Solidarity Symi, a registered charity set up by Wendy Wilcox of Symi Visitor Accommodation and Andrew Davies of the Old Markets Hotel to help refugees and other people in need on Symi.  Here is a link we posted on Facebook recently to an article in Kathimerini, a mainstream Greek newspaper which interviewed Wendy and Ian Leckie, a British policeman who decided to take a year's sabbatical to help out on Symi.

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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