Stalls newly painted and staff spruce and eager

There's a fat white power yacht gleaming in the sunshine off Harani and a Beneteau is stooging about the harbour, looking for a place to moor. A light breeze is riffling across the water, sending the gulls drifting out to sea in pursuit of bits of bread tossed from taverna tables. The island is slowly turning from green to brown and the daisies have gone from the Kali Strata, grubbed out by the street sweepers, and the steps have been whitewashed. Tall thunder clouds are sliding past behind Nimos, following the Turkish coast and the weather forecast predicts rain that just misses us.

Most of the tourist shops have opened up now, stalls newly painted and staff spruce and eager. The Ilion is doing tourist runs in addition to the Symi and two hydrofoils came over from Kos this morning so there are quite a few tourists about. Some of the excursion boats have started but the water taxis and beach tavernas aren't open yet and many of the fishing boats are still on the beach at Tolis.

Monday is a bank holiday on Symi as it is VE Day. People who are unfamiliar with the island may be puzzled by this but it is actually quite an important day in the island's history as the Peace Treaty was signed here on Symi. There will be a parade along the front by the war memorial.

Have a good weekend.


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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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