White Sails

It is another clear bright sunny day on Symi. The Symi ferry is rumbling away outside the Symi Visitor office as the last stragglers trot up the ramp. There are Turkish gulets hanging about off the Nireus, waiting for the excursion boats to leave so that they can find a berth in Yialos. White sails cream off into the distance, riding the breeze that funnels down the Nimos channel. All the little hire boats are bobbing in a row by the clock tower – it has been a bit choppy lately for visitors to take to the sea in small boats. The excursion boats and water taxis, on the other hand, are very busy. Serious sailing boats and flotilla yachts are taking over as the megayachts float off to the next high profile destination.

Mike Poretta and Sarah Nock’s wedding out a Nimos was a huge success. For many of the guests it was an all night affair and for all of the guests it was a night to remember. I have emailed Mike Gadd some photographs for you to enjoy on the Out and About page.

The election is only a few days away but there is not much on the island to indicate that anything momentous is on the horizon. The posters, placards, fliers and spray-can graffiti that are usually part of an election campaign in this part of the world are conspicuous by their absence this time around. There are certain advantages in snap elections – less litter!

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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