Carpe diem

The haze is finally starting to clear. Small white triangles move slowly against the azure background of distant hills as yachtsmen take advantage of the afternoon breeze. While it is not exactly cool the temperatures have dropped to more tolerable levels in the high thirties. It is very quiet in the harbour at this time of the day. The day trippers have congealed in various patches of shade and everyone who isn’t working is still at the beach.

Normally this week is one of the high spots of the summer season with the annual festival and all night beach party on Nimos island. This year, however, the festival was cancelled as a mark of respect for the tragic death of a young man in a diving accident on Nimos on Monday. A dreadful business and a timely reminder that life can be snuffed out at any moment and should not be squandered. Carpe diem.

On a more cheerful note the Ministry of Culture is on the island at the moment, taking photographs and making notes for a report on Symi’s Neo-classical architecture. Not really surprising since we are, after all, living in a national monument. An enthusiastic team of photographers has just passed through our office, snapping our cherubs, griffons and palmettes from every angle. They couldn’t resist also capturing the view from my window…

Have a peaceful 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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