The golden light of summer

It’s a hot and hazy day on Symi. The meltemi may be blowing briskly out in the Rhodes channel but there’s little more than a cat’s paw riffling the water here. The golden light of summer burnishes Nimos and makes the ochre houses of the harbour glow. The magenta bougainvilleas are at their most magnificent and the grapes ripen plump and sweet on the vine-draped pergolas.

August is a month where the nights are, if anything, busier than the days. Apart from the festival events (the Symi Women’s Association will be dancing in the town square this evening and there will be a play in Symiot dialect on Saturday night) there are also various beach parties and the tavernas and bars remain busy until late into the night at this time of the year. The same haze that gilds the days also turns the moon into a voluptuous orange and dims the stars.

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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