Deepest Indigo

It is a clear cold windy day on Symi. Although it is warm in the sun if one can find a spot out of the breeze, it is definitely time to have a third layer of clothing handy – the Symi ‘layered look’ is legendary. White horses are galloping across the bay and the sea is the deepest indigo. The sky is clear and visibility perfect. The little sugar-cubes that are the monastery on Nimos gleam bright white in the sun. The gulls are riding the waves and squabbling over fish.

The weather remains unsettled and yesterday’s thunderstorms will be followed by more in the next few days as a fast moving low is expected to sweep over Greece in the next few days, bringing strong northerly winds, a dramatic drop in temperatures and snow for many parts of the country. We can expect rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. As many people travel at this time of the year, both Symiots and foreign residents alike, everyone is keeping a close watch on wind strengths and the ferry schedules. The harbour is quite empty now. The local men go fishing. The foreign residents emerge to collect their post once a week and bask in the sun at Elpida’s. Up in Chorio there is much more activity and every trip to the supermarket or bakery is a social event, particularly on the days when the fresh produce comes in.

The work on beautifying the bus stop area is proceeding with remarkable speed. Planters and paving should improve a much neglected high profile part of the harbour. Something else to watch on our webcam!

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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