The island is filling up

It has been very slightly cooler this week. Other parts of Greece have experienced quite stormy and windy weather with forest fires and winds around Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale. A fire-fighting plane was actually swamped by a large wave and sank while refilling, trying to put out a fire in Kea. Fortunately the crew were rescued but it is doubtful if the plane will be much use after its submersion.

Here on Symi we have had nothing worse than a breeze which has brought temperatures down to around the low to mid 30s. The island is filling up and there is more Italian and French to be heard on the streets and in the lanes. The Excellence III, the glossy black motor yacht that was hanging around Harani last month, has been overnighting alongside the Roloi the last few nights and there are plenty of yachts of all sizes swinging at anchor in Pedi. One of my favourites that visits every summer is an old wooden Dutch botter. She's about 45-50 feet long and very beamy, with a cheerful green enamelled hull. The distinctive slow thump of her single-cylinder engine as she sedately chugs in and out of Yialos and Pedi is one of the sounds of a Symi summer. Mind you, I've always been something of a traditionalist when it comes to boats!

The Greek banks are on strike on Monday so anyone travelling this weekend is advised to make sure they have enough euros on them to last until Tuesday as it is unlikely that the ATMs will be replenished.

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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