Postcards from a Chilly Symi

After a very wet week we have clear skies and chilly breezes.

Drifts of oak leaves in Chorio.

The long and winding road that leads to the Panormiteion, the high school, grows greener by the day.

Yialos has a deserted air.

Most of the waterfront shops and cafes are closed for the winter and there are few people to be seen.

The sunny side of Yialos at 11 this morning. As you can see, the north-facing side of the harbour is in the shade. At this time of the year it really does make a huge difference where you live as to whether the winter is a damp and dismal experience or a warm mild one.

All wrapped up against the rain - the outside seating area of this taverna in Yialos has turned into a car and boat store for the winter.  All the lights are wrapped up in plastic bags to save extra cleaning when they reopen in the spring.

Happiness is a sunny balcony out of the wind on a dry winter's day.

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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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