The Excursion Boats are Running

A clear calm cloudless sunny day on Symi. There's just enough wind to riffle the water but not quite enough to flutter a flag.

Last week's arrivals have lost their pallor and settled into the holiday routine. The excursion boats are running and reports are coming in that sunbeds and brollies are being deployed at various beaches. It is expected to become warmer as the week progresses so this week's new arrivals should be pleased.

The hay wagons are on the island - big lorries loaded with neat cubes of fodder. The gypsies park them on the verge up above the bend on the way to the windmills and sleep underneath them. It is warm enough to sleep out and it is not uncommon to see quilts, blankets, football magazines and other items of domesticity arranged in the shade of these large trucks while they wait to offload their hay onto the smaller pickups belonging to the local farmers.

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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