>> Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Greek tourism, Life on Symi in July 2016, tourism on Symi, Turkish tourism in Symi, yachting
|8 a.m. and not a lot happening. I think the bright orange looks better on the fishing boat than it does on the building behind.|
|Mind you, some of the local boats haven't seen the water in years.|
This morning as I was walking down to work a slightly battered white van pulled up along side me and one of the Yialos supermarket proprietors offered me a lift down to Yialos. It was a very fragrant ride as he had just come down from gathering herbs on the mountain to sell in the shop and the back of the van was full of bundles of rigani, the Greek mountain oregano. The smell reminded me of the very first time I came to Symi back in 1993. We were anchored in Panormitis bay at the south-western end of the island and decided to walk across to send a fax to South Africa to let our families know where we were. It was July, just as it is now, hot and dusty and the hillsides were aromatic the wonderful smell of hot sage, oregano and thyme bushes. The plants themselves had dried to dust and appeared dead but the smell was fantastic. Come the first rains in October and overnight these tough scrubby little bushes start shooting tiny green leaves again, a botanical symbol of Greek resilience.
Have a good week.