Warm and Mild

This summer social media has been full of stories about British schoolchildren complaining about their school uniforms and dress codes. Well, here on Symi  formal school uniforms are worn for parades. The rest of the time both boys and girls wear shorts, jeans, jeggings or tracksuits depending on the temperature.  No complaints or protests there! 

One of my favourite photogenic washing lines off the Kali Strata.

The harbour is a lot quieter, particularly now that the Turkish government has prohibited Turkish flagged commercial vessels from visiting Greece.

After so many fibre glass production yachts and gin palaces it is nice to see some elegant classic lines and varnished topsides.  Sorry, I am a dedicated traditionalist when it comes to boats.

Agios Eleftherios Church in Chorio. This church is unusual in that it has twin bell towers and they are part of the church building.  Many of the older churches on Symi were built at a time when the Ottoman overlords forbade church bells so the towers were added much later and are separate structures.

Spot the dog.

The Panagia of the Kastro as seen from the Chorio car park.

An eye for detail.

Light and shade on the Kali Strata.

Waiting patiently for breakfast.  The Hatzipetros supermarket cat is very well-fed on a diet of cheese ends and ham scraps from the deli counter.

It may be October but there are still people around and the water taxis to the beaches are still operating.
It is the second of October, 26 degrees centigrade, bright and sunny with blinding sunshine and the occasional passing thunder cloud heading over to rain on Turkey.  It is cool in the shade, delicious in the sun and the sort of weather where those of us who live here say to each other, ''if only it was like this all year." We are all paying a bit more attention to the weather forecast now that rain is a possibility.  So far it has all passed to the north of us but our time will come.  From past experience, this is often a random cloud that appears from nowhere, defying all forecasts, dumps on a bit of Symi and then disappears, leaving us all wondering what happened as we watch the waterfall that is the Kali Strata.

The sea is warm and the evenings are mild. We sometimes go up to the kantina on the road above our house in the evening.  Beautiful evening views of Pedi, reasonable prices and the murmur of happy  conversation as it is a popular haunt with the locals of all ages.  If it is open when you are next on Symi, it is definitely worth a visit. Their menu is very simple. Just souvlaki, sausages and delicious hamburgers from the butcher, cooked on an open charcoal BBQ, served with freshly made Greek salad.  Make a note for next year!

Have a good 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.

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