Blowing in the Wind

The long awaited cold front has blasted through Greece, burying much of the country under snow and closing roads, airports and ports. With Force 10 northerlies whistling through the Aegean the wind chill has dropped to well below freezing in many places and even Rhodes reported snow last night. It has also snowed on Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Andros and Tinos and the last two have been without electricity since yesterday. More snow if forecast for the Cyclades, Dodecanese and Crete in the course of today and it is still snowing in Attica and Evia.

Greek television has been so wrapped up with snow reports and footage of Syntagma Square buried under drifts that the newly announced independence of our Balkan neighbour, Kosovo, has passed relatively unmarked. The other news item which has also found itself bumped into the sidelines and which should be receiving far more attention than it has so far is that Tassos Papadopoulos has lost the election in Cyprus.

Today's photographs show one of the almond trees in my garden which is rapidly losing its blossom in the freezing wind, and the view from the Symi Visitor office today - clear, cold and blue!


Anonymous –   – (Monday, February 18, 2008)  

Interesting, the news about the Cyprus elections. I see from Ekathimeríni (on-line edition) that the two front-runners are both keen to make progress towards unification. Let us hope!!

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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.

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