|Spot the almond tree!|
|I wonder who farmed those ancient terraces, high on the barren slopes of the Vigla, and who planted that almond tree that is flowering so bravely in the gully.|
|While almond trees usually require human intervention, wild cyclamens appear wherever there is a little soil, no matter how sparse.|
|Looking across at Mavrovouni in Yialos from the lane that goes around the Kastro, just beyond Lemonitissa. The sun was very bright yesterday, despite the haze, so the colours are a bit bleached. Villa Iris and Spiti Grand Helene are on this hill, overlooking the town square and the head of the harbour.|
|A closer view of St John's church, the Petrides school and the town square with Mavrovouni behind.|
|One of several churches of varying sizes and degrees of importance that crown the circumference of the Kastro.|
|One of the most interesting roofs in Chorio.|
|An immaculately maintained door in Chorio. It is actually made of steel but as it has been carefully looked after it has not rusted through as has happened to may similar doors on the island.|
|The Olive Tree like many other cafes and restaurants on the island, is closed for the winter. This cat is taking advantage of the peace and quite to relax on the top terrace.|
As yesterday was the first fine calm and relatively clear day in ages I took my camera for a walk around the Kastro in Chorio. There isn't much left of the medieval Kastro itself as it was already fairly tumbled down when the Germans destroyed it during the Second World War but the lane that runs around the Kastro, from the back of the Chorio square to the oldest part of Chorio at the top of the Kataraktis, the old donkey path that predates the Kali Strata by over 1000 years, offers some lovely aerial views of the harbour. The reason why the swimming pool at Iapetos Hotel, the only hotel on the island with a pool, is undercover is to avoid spoiling this view from above.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and, if you are a newcomer to Symi, that they give you an understanding of just how steep the island is.
Have a good week.