Selling Their Wares

While France has been hit by floods and the Western Mediterranean is experiencing some seriously wintry weather, a high pressure system continues to dominate the Eastern Mediterranean. Temperatures have been higher than normal all over Greece recently and it is not quite time to pack away the summer clothes just yet.

The unseasonably mild weather is set to continue for a few more days but there is a small possibility of showers over the weekend – most unfortunate given that it is the Panormitis Festival on 7 and 8 November and pilgrims are already arriving in their droves. Hawkers and stall holders are also arriving, many of whom spend a few days selling their wares in Yialos and Chorio before going across to Panormitis Monastery for the main event. As it is traditional to have brooms blessed at Panormitis, sellers of brooms and other cleaning materials are a regular feature of the festival.

Speaking of Panormitis, the deputy mayor of Symi, Ilias Haskas and his wife, Emily, are off to Tarpon Springs this week to continue the negotiations for the Sister City project and to attend the Panormitis Day festivities organised by the Symiot community of Tarpon Springs. Other members of the delegation will include Nikos Halkitis, proprietor of the Symi Visitor newspaper, and his partner, Liz Moench Halkitis. Full coverage of this visit will be given in forthcoming editions of the Symi Visitor newspaper.

Have a peaceful 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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