Hills and Mountains

Pedi Bay in the early morning with Asia Minor in the distance.

The Castro in Chorio catching the morning sun.

The wind has blown away the haze and the horizon is once again defined by rows of Turkish hills and mountains. It is still very hot though and the thermometer has been around the 40 mark for the past 2 days. The humidity has dropped dramatically – the office air conditioner’s water output is down to only 1 bucket a day now whereas not that long ago it was pulling up to 4 buckets of water a day out of the atmosphere – very handy for watering the plants and flushing the loo on the days when the water is off. In the Pedi valley my cats look on with dismay as desperate bees throng the water bowl like wildebeest at the watering hole and drain the basin dry. Even the ants are looking for water and the kettle is always full of drowned ones in the morning. With every puff of wind drifts of crisp dried leaves drop from the almond trees with a sigh. The desiccated remnants of spring wild flowers rustle and dry seed pods rattle. At this time of the year washing dries in under an hour and anything left out in the sun dries to a crisp, fades and falls apart in a matter of hours. As it is less than a month to the equinox the days are a lot shorter now and one does not have to get up so early to enjoy the sunrise.

Down in Yialos it is the cruise ship season. We have had two Cypriot cruise ships in this week, and as you can see from the row of faces peering over the front, these boats are very popular. As they are too big to go into Panormitis Bay anyone who wants to visit the monastery is then shuttled round on the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran or the Symi II so as a general rule of thumb, on cruise ship days the Symi II leaves from the clock tower side.

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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