June Postcards from Symi

Iroko window frames in place and the work on the roof continues - work on the restoration of the customs house is continuing at quite a pace.

The ply sheeting and waterproofing are in place.  Next step will be battens and tiles. That is Lemonitissa church on the Kastro mound on the right and you can see the remains of the old windmills along the crest on the left.

For those of you who haven't been to Symi before, this is the head of the harbour, looking towards Mavrovouni.  The water taxis and excursion boats leave from the quay along the right hand side of the photograph. The Symi Visitor Accommodation office is set back, next to the tall yellow building with green shutters on the left which houses Pachos traditional cafeneion.

What shall we do today? Take a round the island trip on the Poseidon or a water taxi to the beach?

The Noddy train having a check up.  I have it on good authority that what is under the hood is actually a Suzuki Jimny!

Sunflowers in a garden in Chorio.

Herbs and petunias outside the Symi Flower shop in Yialos.

In all the years I have lived here this is the first time I have seen this building at the top of the Kali Strata with its shutters off.  My camera isn't good enough but glimpses through the windows reveal an interior that hasn't changed much in a century, complete with the traditional ornately carved salon mirror and paraffin lamps.

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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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