A Whirl of Social Activity

The combination of a late Easter and balmy weather made this one of the busiest - and noisiest - Greek Easters for a long time. One and a half million (!) Athenians took the opportunity to get out of the city and a few of them wound up here. We were treated to the sight of smartly turned out city dwellers in high heels and designer suits picking their way through the roadworks and dodging the ducks. Some of them brought with them their shiny nippy little city cars and discovered the delights of island driving. Some of them may well be leaving with a few scrapes they didn't have when they arrived...

From the Good Friday funeral processions to the final 'Koukoumas' dances in Chorio last night, the island was a whirl of social activity and there were enough bangs to satisfy any tourist craving noise and excitement. The usual Greek May Day celebrations have been deferred from 1 May to 11 May so there is still that to look forward to. In the meantime, all those whose name days fell during Lent are celebrating this week.

It is a little cooler this week as the wind is blowing from the north. There is no rain forecast this far south although at one stage the weather men were talking about possible mud showers and thunder on Friday/Saturday. It would seem that the summer drought has started as serious rain is unlikely this late apart from a possible mud shower.

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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