>> Friday, March 31, 2017 – Greek Easter on Symi, Greek economic crisis, life on Symi in the spring, Symi weather in March
|Another cyclamen shot - because in a few short weeks they will be gone as though they have never been and the landscape will revert to the baked bare earth of summer. Let us revel in this verdant and fragrant abundance while we may.|
|Poppies are another spring flower seen in abundance in Greece from late March until early May, depending on the rains.|
|6 a.m. sunrise over Pedi bay.|
|One of the ruins on the Kali Strata is now sporting this impressive riveted steel door.|
|A delicate fern growing out of an old grape vine on the Kali Strata.|
|Waiting for tidbits outside the butcher in Yialos.|
|Symi isn't really cycling country unless you are very fit and have a good mountain bike. These bikers must have arrived on the Blue Star this morning.|
|31 March and Yialos is still empty.|
|The water level is very low due to a barometric high over the area and the cats like to hang about on the exposed foundations of the bridge, batting at the fish and hunting for any scraps of bread.|
|The day's catch, on display at the fish market by the bridge. There are far too many fishermen around for the cats to try a smash and grab raid on this bountiful display but the fishermen do toss them the odd fish.|
|The Merakles is ready in case anyone drops in for lunch and the boutique behind is having a thorough clean before the new stock is unpacked.|
|The sea and the land have supported the inhabitants of Symi for at least 3000 years and as tourist arrivals have dwindled in recent years, many Symiots have fallen back on those two resources to sustain their families through hard times.|
I shall be in Athens next week and am not sure exactly when I will be back so my next blog is likely to be the following week which is, of course, Big Week, the run up to Greek Easter and a period of serious fasting in Greece. Lent is not just a matter of giving up treats in Greece. It requires serious self-discipline but all that abstinence is well rewarded come Easter Sunday!
Have a good weekend.