The Next Port of Call

A glimpse of early morning masts as seen between buildings on the Kali Strata. The orange and blue boat just visible on the right is the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran.

It is a hot and hazy August morning and the taxi boats to the beaches are filling up for the first trip of the day. The round the island excursion boats are departing, BBQs and picnics packed and brightly clad passengers hanging onto their sunhats. Yachts are milling about, recovering their anchors and setting off for the next port of call. The sheets and towels on the clothes-airers outside the Sunflower Laundry downstairs are drying rapidly in the warm breeze. One thing one does not have to worry about in Symi in the summer is how to get the laundry dry – washing is toasted to a crisp in a matter of hours.

Early morning and the water boat has just arrived, heavily laden.  As Symi has no natural water it is either produced by the new desalination plant on the Pedi road or brought in by ship from Rhodes.  Note the yachts and the row of small hire boats by the clock tower.  In the picture below, taken several hours later, they have all gone.

Later in the day and the ANEK Line 'big boat' from Pireaus, the Ierapetra, has docked behind the water boat.  In the process unfortunately the vehicle ramp knocked over the navigation light next to the clock tower but that is another story. The area in the background is Harani.

Yialos is really busy at this time of the year as can be seen from these photographs which were taken at different times of the same day.

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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