Delicious Spring Weather

After a glorious weekend of delicious spring weather a brisk north wind whisked in during the night, sending temperatures plummeting around Greece. Chilly winds are forecast for the rest of the week and temperatures on Symi will be around 18-20 degrees centigrade at midday, falling to about 10 degrees centigrade at night. Not quite time to pack away the duvets and sweaters just yet.

With the first visitors expected for Easter at the end of this month and the Symi II commencing day trips to Panormitis and Yialos with effect from tomorrow there is a sudden flurry of activity in the harbour. The owners of tourist shops are dusting, polishing and painting with gusto. It may be windy but the air is clean at the moment and visibility is good. The sandstorms of last week have been blown back to Cairo and the sky is blue instead of pink.

Easter stock is appearing in the shops at last – big wheels of cheese, sacks of flour and packets of ammonia and yeast for Easter baking, sachets of red, green, yellow and blue dye for colouring eggs, tall processional candles decorated with sprays of flowers and small toys – and amongst it all, a few imported chocolate rabbits. More chocolate may appear in the shops later but it is not a big feature of Greek Easter and in these times of austerity measures and the like, it is traditional delicacies that are at the forefront. The run up to Easter is a culinary marathon for the housewives of Symi as traditional koulouria (biscuits) and cheese pies are prepared by the hundred. Once the cake tins are full it is time to start on the Easter feast preparations. This being a hands-on sort of place, many an unsuspecting lamb is munching his last in the family allotment and will soon fulfill his function in life on a slow turning spit on 4 April.

Have a good week.



Kojak –   – (Monday, March 15, 2010)  

Your comment about the unsuspecting lambs reminds me of one Easter on Symi. My girlfriend had cooed at some young children hand-feeding a lamb just across from our studio. Easter Day saw the same children lovingly turning the spit. Fortunately she was in the shower the day before when the father gathered up the lamb in his arms and lovingly carried it away to a quiet corner...

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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.

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