Unexpected Places

It is a bright blue and white day on Symi. Small wooden fishing boats are puttering out across the bay, flags fluttering in the breeze. Around at Harani there is much scrubbing, scraping and rubbing going on as the water taxis and excursion boats have their bottoms cleaned of a summer’s worth of barnacles. Smaller boats are being hauled out on the customs slipway and it is that time of the year when cafĂ© tables and chairs give way to boats on crates and cradles along the waterfront and tucked in lanes and unexpected places, often quite remote from the sea.
Temperatures are pleasantly mild with midday peaks in the mid twenties and evenings no lower than 15 degrees centigrade at the moment. The Pedi valley is a luminous patchwork of fresh green grass and the chocolate brown of newly ploughed fields. Little spires of bonfire smoke scent the air as farmers burn kermes oak prunings and clear the land for winter planting. Lupins, cyclamens and the ubiquitous Cape sorrel (Bermuda buttercups) are the most easily identifiable of the wild flowers on the terraces and stony places. On a clear Symi winter’s day one really does feel as though one can see forever.

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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