July Postcards from Symi

I don't often show you this view of the Kali Strata. This is what I see if, instead of looking out over the harbour towards the clock tower, I turn 180 degrees and look back up the steps.  The tavernas and cafes on the square are just at the top of this view.

Looking at the head of the harbour, the bridge and Mavrovouni from the steps below the high school in Chorio.

A rare South African flag in Yialos this morning.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation window this morning.

The tinsmith's workshop in Yialos is closed at the moment as the building is being restored.  

It is difficult to make out but there is an icon of St Michael behind the glass in the pediment of this waterfront building in Yialos.

The back of the square in Yialos on Friday. The Noddy train takes tourists out to Nimborio and back.  Note the vegetable hawkers from Tilos on either side, selling a selection of fresh produce from their trucks. They come to Symi on the Blue Star every Friday, the only day of the week when we have a direct ferry link between Symi and Tilos.  Unlike Symi, Tilos has plentiful water and rich top soil so it has a relatively strong agricultural industry.

Another Symi working cat. This one guards Krystallo, the housewares shop on the square.

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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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