A Very Pleasant Week

It is amazing how much can happen on Symi in a week. Walking to work this morning, the first thing I noticed is that the floating crane has arrived in Pedi so we can expect serious progress on the marina soon. They obviously took advantage of the exceptionally calm conditions to tow the crane over from Rhodes overnight as the tug was still busy manoeuvring it in the early morning haze. The crane is needed to swing into place the concrete blocks that they have been casting along the waterfront all summer.

The second thing I noticed is that work is proceeding apace on the second level of the new undercover sports facility on the site of the old football pitch in Chorio. The workmen were busy making preparations for the next pouring of concrete.

The third thing I noticed was that the roof has gone up on the second storey of Kampos Supermarket and it is now at the ‘Greek temple’ stage – a completed roof supported by concrete columns. The building regulations here require all new structures to conform to earthquake specifications which means a strong reinforced concrete framework. With the roof up the workmen will now be able to fill in the brickwork and place the doors and windows quite quickly, sheltered from the winter rains.

Weatherwise, it is mild and hazy with no rain or strong winds expected this week. Temperatures range from mid to high twenties during the day to around 15 degrees centigrade at night. It is certainly still possible to eat outside in the evenings but a shawl or jacket may be useful once the dew starts to fall. Late season visitors can look forward to a very pleasant week. There are still quite a lot of tourists around and there was a cruise ship in the harbour yesterday. This is, of course, also one of the most popular months for the walking fraternity and this year’s early rains have brought out an extra treat for hikers with delightful displays of cyclamens and autumn crocuses. The cyclamens only start to flower after the winter solstice but the carpets of neatly painted leaves are beautiful in their own right.

To my regular readers, thank you for all your emails and private messages – I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. And what a joy Athens International Airport (Venizelos Airport) is after the squalor of Terminal Two at Heathrow! Even at 3 a.m Venizelos Airport is awake and welcoming – so for those of you out there who are thinking of traveling scheduled for one reason or another, fear not. Flying via Athens Airport is not the nightmare it used to be in the old days when one had to scramble from one airport to the other to make the internal connections.

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.

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