A good hostess

The last week of August is always an interesting one as the Italian, French, Maltese and Spanish visitors fade away and the Anglophone, Teutonic and Scandinavian ones start to arrive. The Greek visitors already began to leave last week, amid cries of ‘have a good winter’ to their friends and relations waving on the quay. The grocery shops are packing away the espresso ground coffee and the squid-ink tagliatelle and arranging boxes of English Breakfast Tea in neat ziggurats. Symi has a chameleon like quality to adapt according to the expectations of her visitors and each month’s Symi experience is different. After all, a good hostess always makes sure that her guests feel comfortable and at home and over the years Symi has learned what her visitors like.

There was heavy dew last night and this morning low cloud lingered over Nimos until quite late in the day. It is slowly getting cooler as the nights grow longer – it is not for nothing that the island’s regular visitors arrive in their droves in September, as do the many walkers, photographers and artists who come in increasing numbers.

Have a good week!


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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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