Clean and Newly Washed

It is a clear sunny day on Symi with patches of low cloud and a fresh north-westerly wind. The lingering remnants of last night’s showers are evaporating quickly in the breeze, leaving the island looking clean and newly washed. The upper slopes of the Vigla are already turning green and the oleanders lining the motor road out of the town have started to flower in places.

The harbour is filling up with brightly flagged cruising yachts from all over the world, indicative of Symi’s cosmopolitan attraction. We have had a steady procession of walkers passing through the office, stoutly booted and brandishing formidable walking sticks, asking advice on various routes and landmarks and checking the weather forecast for the rest of the week.

We are happy to report that Nikos Halkitis, Proprietor of the Symi Visitor, has been successful in his project to foster the twinning of the island of Symi with the town of Tarpon Springs in Florida. Symi Town Council voted unanimously last week in favour of the twinning. Nikos and Liz Halkitis will be accompanying members of Symi Town Council on a trip to Tarpon Springs in November to attend further talks and a Panormitis Day dance organised by the local Symiot community. Further information on this breaking story will be available in the October edition of the Symi Visitor newspaper which will be on the streets shortly. Regular readers of the Symi Visitor newspaper will have been watching this story unfold since it first appeared on the front page of the February 2008 Symi Visitor.

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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