Glitzy Yachts

Another hot still summer’s day on Symi. Walking down to work at half past seven this morning, every patch of shade seemed to shelter someone sipping a frappe and watching the rising heat shimmering off the streets and lanes. On the Kali Strata a man was whitewashing the steps, working his way down on his knees with a pail and floppy brush. Down in the harbour the street sweepers were hosing down the quayside with seawater, using a fat pink hose and a submersible pump.

In addition to ANES’ increased island-hopping options and the Dodecanese Seaways connections, the Tilos Sea Star has also become a regular feature of Yialos this year.

The police car has just gone past, siren wailing, accompanying a lorry load of economic migrants to the police station. This is the third such group to arrive on Symi this week. I wonder what they think of the glitzy yachts and obvious wealth they see around them as they are transported round the harbour in the back of an open truck, day trippers parting to allow the convoy through.

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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