September Symi Sunshine

The view from Symi Visitor Accommodation this morning.  The harbour is much quieter with fewer boats now that the Turkish holidays are over.

What the best-dressed yachts are wearing this year - a pink inflatable flamingo!

It takes a long time for the sun to reach the Kali Strata in the morning.  Only 10 days or so to the equinox.


The squills are back.  They are the first sign of the approaching rainy season, punching up through the hard-baked earth.  The leaves follow much later. The bulbs are like gigantic onions and are traditionally tied to the front door for good luck at New Year.

Castle walls.

The morning sun reaches Pedi quite late too.

Sunset over the windmills of Chorio.

And on Pedi bay.

The floating crane has gone, revealing the current state of the new commercial harbour.  The streetlights are already up and it looks as though there isn't much left to do before it becomes functional.  The idea is that the big car ferries like the Blue Star will dock here instead of the clock tower, reducing the amount of heavy traffic around the harbour.

Monday morning rush hour on the Kali Strata.

It looks as though this grape vine  near the high school has found a cistern or septic tank.

Spotted on the quay last week. This one is registered in Malta.
The children are back in school. The French, Italians and Turks have gone home.  September is the month for couples who can chose their holiday times and don't have to worry about school terms, either because their children are very young or because they have long since flown the nest.  It is a popular month for British and northern Europeans.  It is also a popular month for weddings on Symi - our congratulations to Neil Gosling and James Collins of Symi Dream who celebrated their civil partnership on Friday and to Mike and Sarah Porretta who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their wedding on Symi.

The weather is warm without the scorching temperatures that we experienced in late June, July and early August.  When it is still it is quite hazy and humid. When the breeze blows it is from the west and visibility clears for miles.  The sea is as warm as it is going to get and the weather remains fairly settled. The thunderstorms experienced in Spain and Italy at the moment seem to be tracking north as they reach the Adriatic, leaving the Aegean in sunshine.

Have a lovely week.


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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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