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As I was waiting for the bus on Friday afternoon I saw this extraordinary sight. As it came closer I realised that it was a floating crane and a barge with concrete blocks for the new commercial harbour, all being towed by a heroic little tug.  It must have come all the way from Rhodes.

The other sight that caught my eye was The World, a sort of floating apartment block, anchored off Nimborio.

We are nearing the end of the ice cream season on Symi.  The freezers, umbrellas and sign boards will disappear in the next few weeks and won't be seen again until April.

The World again, this time seen from the top deck of the Poseidon on Saturday morning.  Yes, I have been out TWICE on the Poseidon in the past two weeks and both trips were most enjoyable.

It is only from the Poseidon that one gets to see inaccessible beach shacks on the far side of the island.

And pocket-handkerchief sized beaches like this tiny scrap of sand at the base of a seasonal water course.

Or forests that come down to the sea and ancient tumbled down walls. This is the bay of Maroni.

Looking at Datca from Maroni bay, one realises how close the ancient Greek settlement of Knidos on the Datca peninsular was to the island of Symi.  

This could be you.  No, that isn't a whirlpool, it is the splash of someone who has just dived off the top deck of the boat.

Seal cave, another popular swimming spot on the far side of Symi that can only be reached by boat.

Feast your eyes on those blues.  Yes, the water really is that colour.

Meanwhile, back in Yialos, if this is the view before you, you are on the right track for the Old Markets boutique hotel.  The archway with wrought iron doors is the entrance to the old souk which is also the hotel's logo.  The hotel reception entrance is on the left at the top of the stairs.

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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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