Happy Days

The Symi excursion boat photographed earlier this week.
As you can see, when the side doors are open one can see right through the ship!

It is a windy day on Symi with a marked drop in temperature. It is only about 22 degrees on Symi today. According to Weather Underground Symi is going to experience some quite unsettled weather over the next few days with strong winds and possible thundershowers early next week. Certainly the cross wind in the harbour this morning was such that the Proteus docked at the clock tower instead of by the bus stop, en route from Tilos to Rhodes.

It might be cooler on Symi but the sky is still bright blue.

The palm tree outside our office window is laden with dates.

The change in the seasons is also marked in the shops. Dino, the chandler in the lane below our office, is now selling hoes and other agricultural implements in addition to fishing tackle and nautical bits and bobs. The kiosks have packed away their ice cream freezers. Fresh supplies of chocolate bars and instant soups are appearing on supermarket shelves. And the hawker who sells young poultry came in on the big boat on Wednesday night and is trundling up and down the road in Chorio, shouting ‘poulakia’ through his loud-hailer. There can’t be many places in the world where Christmas dinner starts by buying a baby turkey in October but this is one of them!

Looking across at the Kali Strata from the top of Mavrovouni. 
Yialos, Symi's famous amphitheatre harbour, is quite narrow.
As I have mentioned before, late season visitors to Symi are often old regulars. One such is Ernest Hazebroek who popped into the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning while passing through on a charter gulet. Ernest was one of the pioneers of tourism in Symi in the Seventies and Eighties and is the owner of the much talked about ruins on the Kali Strata. Many readers of this blog will remember happy days on singles holidays at Villa Papanicola with Small World and Mikros Kosmos. These days singles seem to book their holidays independently but many still come to Symi and book their accommodation through us.

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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