A Tapestry of Sound

It is a spectacularly misty morning on Symi. With humidity close to 100% the island is cocooned in pearlescent light – a dramatic contrast to the desiccating heat of recent weeks. The departing gulets with their old fashioned lines and quaint rigging look like ghostly pirate ships as they disappear into the mysterious distance of Nimos.

The clouds are slowly burning off as the day warms up. South westerly conditions are expected to prevail for the next few days so it will remain humid with temperatures in the low to mid thirties.

Cine Symi, the Symi cinema club, has started its July film season as part of the Symi Festival. The films are being shown in the playground of the junior school in Chorio and snippets of the soundtrack drift across the valley. The summer evenings on Symi are a tapestry of sound woven out of snippets of music, distant conversation and the laughter of children. Everyone lives outdoors at this time of the year – it is one of the pleasures of the climate that the chairs, tables, sofas and television sets of suburban living can migrate out into the garden until the downpours of winter resume in October.

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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