Good Bye, George Kalodoukas

George Kalodoukas - photograph Kalodoukas Holidays


Today we say good bye to George Kalodoukas, one of the founding fathers of tourism on Symi.  For a generation of visitors to Symi, George's welcoming smile was synonymous with an authentic Greek island holiday, particularly as Kalodoukas was the Symi office of the award-winning Laskarina Holidays founded by Kate and Ian Murdoch.  Together in the 1970s and 80s they laid the foundations for Symi's reputation for authentic Greek island holidays, targeting a discerning repeat clientele who wanted to experience real island life in a totally traditional setting. Many of the island's present day visitors first discovered Symi this way and continue to come back, even if their accommodation needs are different today.

George Kalodoukas was ever the idealist and his dream was his organic farm at Marathounda, the small seaside village near Panormitis at the southern end of the island, where he hoped to spend his retirement with  his wife,  Anna.  Sadly this dream was cut short on Wednesday 6 December 2017 when his vehicle left the tarred road on the treacherous descent to Marathounda and Panormitis with tragic consequences. 

All of us at Symi Visitor Accommodation and Sunflower Laundry extend our deepest condolences to his widow, Anna, his sons, Louis and Petros, and extended family as well as his many friends around the world.

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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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