Simple Pleasures

It is a bright clear day on Symi with that sparkling clarity of light that comes with cold winter air. The temperature is around 15 degrees centigrade in the sun and unlikely to climb much higher. Greece is bracing itself for a massive cold front which is expected to hit in the next 24 hours, bringing snow on the high ground, rain and thunderstorms everywhere else and a Force 9 gale in the Aegean. The forthcoming storm has been anticipated all week and is likely to be the first ‘big one’ of the season. Scenes of snow ploughs in Larissa and flooded basements in Athens will probably drive political scandals off Greek television for a few days. Visitors to the Symi Visitor website will be able to watch the storm unfold on our webcams – but snow at sea level on Symi is unlikely to be on the cards. The last time it snowed on Symi was in 2004 and you can see pictures of this on Nostalgia buffs may enjoy scrolling down that page for a few familiar faces!

ANES has now put up the December ferry schedules on their website which you can find by clicking onto the link from our homepage Dodecanese Seaways, however, have yet to release theirs.

Christmas is little more than a month away now, but Symi remains refreshingly free of commercial exhortations to shop and be jolly. Christmas is a low key event in Greece and although larger centres such as Rhodes may be putting up tinsel in the shop windows, here on Symi the first chocolate Santa has yet to put in an appearance. Instead there are plenty of returnees, people who work elsewhere in the summer and spend their winters living here on Symi. The coffee shops are busy with chatter as summer stories are exchanged and plans made for social gatherings. Symi in the winter is a place for those who are adept at making their own entertainment and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, whether it be cooking dinner for friends, curling up with a good book or heading for the hills with a camera or sketch pad.

Have a good weekend. I am going home to make sure everything is tied down and snug for the deluge to come.


Anonymous –   – (Saturday, November 22, 2008)  

We're all nostalgia buffs. Why do you think we look at this page?

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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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