A Golden Autumn Day

It is a golden autumn day on Symi and the bees are drowsing in the tamarisk trees. Temperatures are in the mid twenties and a light breeze is riffling the water in Yialos. The water boat is lying alongside at the clock tower and the recent water shortages in the Mavrovouni section of the harbour have been resolved. They were caused by a break down in the pumping station serving that neighbourhood and parts had to be brought in from Athens. Living on a small Greek border island means accepting that there are occasional unavoidable glitches in the infrastructure but that is a small price to pay for being here, as you can see from the photos.

With the election only days away the whole of Greece is now on the move. Regular readers of this column will remember that in Greece voting is compulsory and has to be done in the place where you are on the voters’ roll, which is usually the place of your birth. This means that Symiots now living in Athens have to return to Symi to vote, while Athenians working Symi have to go to Athens for the weekend - the boats and planes will be very busy this weekend.

Have a good weekend.


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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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