|Lemons in Yialos. I noticed that all the ones that can be reached safely from the balcony have been picked. Someone with a ladder will have to take down the rest. Citrus trees carry flowers and fruit simultaneously and the scent is intoxicating.|
|The shop under the nautical museum at the back of the square in Yialos is opening up for the season. The daisies, on the other hand, open up every day as long as the sun shines and someone remembers to water them!|
|Open for business on the water front in Yialos. As it is about 25 degrees today one might want a summer frock or cotton kaftan. As it is cool in the shade or out on a scooter, one might also want a warm scarf.|
|The shops on Symi are unique and so are their signs. This is the new icon shop near our office. No perspex and neon on Symi!|
|Faded grandeur and fading alexanders near the top of the Kali Strata.|
|The rose scented geraniums have started to open in the last few days - another fragrance evocative of warm Mediterranean summers.|
There are also some familiar faces around the island as Symi has devotees who would not dream of coming to Symi at any other time of the year. I was talking to one of these returnees this morning and this is the first time she has been back in 8 years. She said what struck her was that there were far fewer cars than in the past and far more people seemed to be using bicycles to get around the harbour side, making it quieter than it was when she left here, shortly before the global economic downturn really kicked in. An unexpected bonus of the punitive austerity measures that have made it too expensive for many Greeks to keep their cars on the road.
The Blue Star Diagoras is off to have her bottom scraped and other essential annual maintenance done so the smaller, nippier Blue Star Paros is taking over the route for a few weeks. Although the ferry schedules are available on the respective ferry company websites, not all routes are bookable at the moment so if you are trying to book tickets on line, please be patient.
Have a good week.