Views From the Top

The water boat and the trading caique, tucked up in Pedi to ride out the storms.

Looking across from Periotissa, the church and carpark right at the top edge of Chorio, the old town, yesterday.  It is very cold and very clear at the moment.  On the left of the photograph you can see part of the Kastro, the old castle mount that was the focal point of the original Chorio settlement which now sprawls across the surrounding slopes and across to the windmills on the right.  You can see part of the big red roof of the new undercover sports facility on the right. That is the island of Nimos in the middle with the  hills of the Datca peninsular in the background.

Looking towards Datca from the same vantage point.  If you look carefully you can see a wind farm on the right. The hills in the far distance are actually the other side of Bodrum bay.  The tongue of water in the foreground is part of Nimborio bay, where the Symi fish farm used to be.

Meanwhile, down in the Pedi valley the summer daisies are starting to flower.

Weeds among the ruins in the top of Chorio.  There are also a couple  of cats lurking in the vegetation.  Those black plastic pipes duct the water from the main reservoirs down to the cisterns of the individual houses.

I wonder what happened to the rest of this door.

A very empty Yialos.

Symi sunflowers.
It is bitterly cold here at the moment.  Strong northerly winds have been blowing since Friday and temperatures are only just above freezing. There was ice on the puddles early this morning and the temperature in my garden at 9 this morning was still minus 3 degrees centigrade.  Temperatures are expected to rise slightly later in the week as the wind drops but at the moment it is certainly finger-numbing. There has been heavy snowfall on the mountains in Turkey which can be seen from right at the top of the island.

Unfortunately there is another 48 hour ferry strike scheduled for this week which will disrupt the Blue Star.  If it follows the same program as last week, what will happen is the Blue Star will come through as usual on Wednesday morning and then sit out the strike in Rhodes, leaving Rhodes and coming through Symi again late on Friday night.  Still on the subject of ferries, the Dodecanese Seaways timetable has been updated to the end of March which is effectively the end of winter.  Does this mean that the end is in sight?  We certainly hope so as we are now receiving lots of emails from people wanting to book their summer holidays.

Have a warm dry 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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