December Postcards from Symi

The nativity scene in the square in Yialos.

Oranges and cabbages in the square in Yialos.

Tying the shopping to the family donkey.

A quiet Friday morning in Yialos. The Blue Star is only coming through late today as there was a shipping strike in Pireus yesterday so the boat only left port at 11 p.m. on Thursday night and is running about 8 hours late.

Candy canes in the organic food shop window in Yialos.

See you in the spring!

Dr Tsambikos has come out of retirement and resumed work on the island so the Chorio clinic is open in the evenings.

An incense burner made from recycled tin on a window sill on the Kali Strata

Little strips of history - One of the houses I pass on  my way to work in the morning is being gutted and the internal lath walls are being stripped out. 
Derek Smith, a familiar face on Symi for many years, passed away in Rhodes this week.  If  you are on the island you may wish to attend his funeral which will be taking place at St George's church, Pedi on Saturday 5 December at 11.30.  He will be buried in the cemetery in Pedi and there will be a wake afterwards at Lefteris' cafeneion  on the square in Chorio.


Lisa Emms  – (Friday, December 04, 2015)  

Sad news to here about Derek, RIP

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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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