Sizzling Under the Summer Sun

Greece is sizzling under the summer sun. Athens is emptying rapidly as the Greeks head off for their summer vacations. The Greek islands are as popular with the Greeks themselves as with foreign visitors and Symi is no exception to this. For many the Dodecanese archipelago is almost another country as these islands are so close to the Turkish coast and have a very different character to the Cyclades and Sporades or the Ionian islands. Here on Symi the high season rush has started and last minute gaps are filling up rapidly as those who left their summer holiday plans to the last minute try to make the accommodation still available match up with the remaining seats on flights and ferries. Meanwhile the continued wet weather in Great Britain has precipitated a great deal of interest in booking some summer sunshine for 2010 and enquiries are flowing in for next year.

The Salamis Glory, an old-fashioned cruise ship from Cyprus and regular summer visitor to Symi, is tied up outside the clock tower and the water boat has had to squeeze in in front of Katerinettes. The water shortages continue and the various parts of Chorio have each only received an hour or so of mains water in the past 24 hours. I took the accompanying photograph this morning from the Kali Strata bar, before the water boat came in.

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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