Happy May Day!

The view from Symi Visitor Accommodation this morning - a bit murky and overcast but actually hot and humid.

A yacht making an early morning start from Pedi today.

Easter Saturday in Yialos.  It is traditional to give children candles decorated with small toys for Easter.  The toys are removed before the candles are lit for the Saturday night Easter procession.

We had quite a lot of red rain on Symi on Friday evening, covering everything in a fine film of red dust.  Here a crew member sets to work, scrubbing it off the Poseidon excursion boat.

Many tavernas and other tourist businesses scheduled their official opening for the season for this weekend to make the most of the many Greeks visiting their families on Symi.

A forest of white chair legs in Yialos.

A supermarket cat, waiting patiently for titbits.

Have they fallen out?

No, just waiting for the drover.

It probably sounds silly but my eye is often caught by the interesting patterns and compositions created on washing lines.  A tumbler drier never creates such pleasing combinations of shapes and colours.

Retro style in Chorio.

The municipality has put a lot more benches in around the harbour.  The only snag is that they have also taken away a lot of the already limited parking.

As we don't have any traffic wardens on Symi due to the austerity cutbacks, the island has had to resort to specially trained cats like this one, watching out for vehicles coming the wrong way up the one way street in Chorio.

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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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