June Postcards from Symi

Wednesday is a busy day in Yialos as not only does the Blue Star ferry from Pireaus pass through twice plus the usual excursion boats but we also get a visit from one of the smaller Celestyal Cruises ships.  Here she is, about to swing round alongside the harbour.  The boat stays for a few hours and the passengers come ashore to browse around the shops.

5.30 a.m. over Pedi this morning and it was already 30 degrees centigrade.

The sun is ripening my tomatoes and making them very sweet.

The private alternative to Wednesday's cruise ship.

On the Kali Strata this morning.

Purple petunias at Merakles taverna.

The EU sign is a relic from some long-forgotten project. The bird, however, is a member of the supermarket staff and is fed a fresh Kos lettuce leave for breakfast every morning, no matter what the expense.

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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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