The Popping of Champagne Corks

It is a warm sunny September day on the island of Symi in the Dodecanese. Visitors off the day excursion boats from Rhodes are strolling around the harbour, fanning themselves with their sunhats and discussing where to eat. Long stay visitors, on the other hand, are exploring Symi’s beaches or heading for the hills, armed with new copies of Lance Chilton’s Walks in Symi (now in stock at Symi Visitor Accommodation) and packed lunches from the Olive Tree.

With the Greek Election coming up on 4 October the newspaper shop is busy and every public television has an avid audience. When I come to work in the morning I find fliers stuck in the door grille and littering the lanes. Visitors who will be in Greece during the election period may find it an interesting experience, particularly as the outcome is usually celebrated with fireworks (and, in the islands, dynamite) by supporters of the winning party which may be a little alarming to those accustomed to nothing noisier than the popping of champagne corks.

The October ferry schedules on the internet have been updated and Scandinavian visitors to Symi will be relieved to see that they will be able to get across to Symi from Rhodes on Sunday afternoons for at least the first half of the month.

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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