Whizzing down the Vigla

It is a breezy day with high shreds of cloud and an inky blue sea. The island is perceptibly busier since the first package holiday arrivals on Wednesday. Lots of hikers and even some cycling enthusiasts have been spotted whizzing down the Vigla.

The Symi is docking – over by the clock tower – just to keep us all confused. There is a mad scramble of taxis and trucks haring round to the other side of the harbour…

The traditional Koukkomas dance which was rained off on 1 May is now scheduled to take place at Agios Thanasis on Sunday evening at 7.00 p.m. We hope that they have better luck this time. The Symi Women’s Association is to be commended for keeping these old traditions alive. Speaking of the Symiot dancing, panning around on Greek television last night while dinner was cooking I was just in time to catch our mayor, Lefteris Papakalodoukas, putting on an impressive display at the Pedi Beach Hotel during the party season.

More rain is forecast to reach Symi sometime on Tuesday. The spring flowers have already perked up from the May Day showers as the accompanying photograph of some wild hollyhocks on the road in Lieni cheerfully demonstrates.

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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