Distant Dance Music

Despite fears to the contrary, Easter on Symi was a tremendous success. The weather was perfect and all the processions and ceremonies took place without a hitch or mishap. Watching the Good Friday processions of the Epitaph through the harbour, it struck me just how dramatic it must have been back in the days before Symi had streetlights, when the ribbon of lights and flashes making its way through the streets and lanes was the only source of light. On Saturday night we went up to the topmost part of Chorio, where we could look down upon all the churches – an amazing sight as they erupted with sound and light and way down at the bottom of the darkness of the Pedi valley, little plumes of fireworks spurting from the church on the quay.

On Sunday the town square was filled with music and dancing and the celebrations culminated in the burning of the effigy of Judas. There were also many family parties and the aroma of spit roasted lamb wafted on the air until late in the evening with the strains of distant dance music. Donna Summer seems to have enjoyed a revival somewhere in the Pedi valley!

Symi has suddenly become much quieter again as the weekend visitors have returned to work and those early tourists who came to experience Greek Easter are packing their bags and heading homewards.

The long range forecast shows warm and sunny conditions for the next few days as the high pressure system continues to hover over our corner of the Mediterranean.

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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