A Sunny September Day on Symi

The Castro and Chorio as seen from a vantage point near Agios Thanassis Church and the Museum

It is a sunny September day on Symi. Temperatures are in the thirties and a refreshing breeze is rippling across the harbour. A few feathery white clouds hint at strong winds out in the Aegean but here in our little corner of the Mediterranean, protected by the sheltering promontories of Asia Minor, there is little more than a fluttering of flags and a few distant white caps. It is still hot but not unbearably so and night time temperatures are very pleasant indeed. With less need for air conditioning windows are opening all round the island and there is less pressure on Symi’s hard-working power station on the Pedi road.

From the same vantage point, looking towards the ridge that divides Yialos and Pedi.  If you look carefully you can see the remains of the row of windmills along the crest.

It has been a busy morning at Symi Visitor Accommodation as many of the island’s regular visitors, even those who are not actually staying in one of our houses this year, pop in to say that they are here and catch up on the news.

Looking into Yialos from the fuel station at Petalo.

If you are arriving on Symi this week and will be here on Monday 13 September, there is a charity tea party in aid of the British Lymphoma Association and the Greek Lung Cancer Association taking place at the Olive Tree in Chorio (opposite the Fiona Hotel). The event, in the memory of Lemonia Tsirimona of Syllogos Restaurant who died tragically earlier this year, will take place between 14.30 and 18. Entry is 10 euros per person which includes a 5 euro donation split equally between the two charities, a full English Afternoon Tea (Symi style!) and a free entry to a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition.  More details can be found on Facebook.

A fine example of an old wrought iron gate near the top of the Kali Strata.  It is so old that it is riveted together, not welded like the more modern ones.

Have a good week.



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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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