The annual pilgrimage to Symi

A low pressure system is passing over Greece, accompanied by thunderstorms and downpours. So far on Symi we have been treated to the welcome sight of a few low grey and white clouds, soothing to sun-frazzled eyes, and even the frog in my shade house was hopping happily out into the open this morning. Fortunately the cats were too busy chasing autumn leaves through the capsicums to notice.

There is not much wind accompanying this frontal activity and ferries are unlikely to be affected. We may have a shower or two this evening but most of the rain has already fallen in other parts of Greece and from tomorrow temperatures will start to rise again as the weather clears. Yesterday was 34 degrees but today it is more like 24! The day excursion boats from Rhodes are particularly full today - a result of the cloudy weather as people look for something else to do other than lie on the beach all day.

Day-trippers aside, the island is still quite busy and island-hoppers who have not pre-booked accommodation are finding it difficult to find places to stay. The island's regular visitors who come at this time tend to stay for long periods as it is more than just a holiday, it is a catching up with old friends, both fellow travellers and Symiots alike, and this is best savoured. Old haunts are revisited, growing children admired and various small rituals that have evolved over the years are repeated. Whether it is watching the sunset from a particular spot or visiting a favourite monastery, these are the things that complete the annual pilgrimage to Symi.

Have a good weekend.

The Symi Visitor

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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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