>> Monday, October 24, 2016 – Greek bank holidays, Greek banks, life on Symi in October, Ochi Day, weather in October, Yialos
|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office balcony this morning.|
|Hellenic blues by the bridge in Yialos|
|Looking back towards the National Bank building from the bridge. Symi's war memorial and cenotaph is at the bottom of the long white flight of steps towards the right of the photograph.|
|The waterfront in Yialos is lined with colourful cafes, gyros bars, tavernas and tourist shops.|
|Tamarisk stumps as firewood for the bakery by the bridge in Yialos. There are still two wood fired bakeries in Symi - the one by the bridge and then the one up in Chorio, just up from the Syllogos square.|
|A promenading cockerel speculating as to whether either of these two boats will ever see the water again. They have been parked on our road ever since I can remember which is a good 20 years!|
The beach tavernas have now packed up for the winter and the water taxis have stopped for the year. Although the weather is still fine and the sea warm, most of Symi's beaches face east and are surrounded by steep cliffs so at this time of the year they are in shadow very quickly so not suitable as late season swimming venues even if there are still some tourists around. Popular places for swimming at this time of the year are NOS, Nimborio and Pedi bay, all of which can be reached without taxi boats.
We are now working winter hours so I am only in the office two mornings a week, mainly to file my blog. We are, however, able to answer emails from home so if you want to contact us about booking your holidays for next year, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and either Wendy or myself will get back to you.
Friday this week is Ochi Day and a bank holiday in Greece. If you are on Symi this week, don't miss the parade in Yialos on Friday morning.
Have a good week.