A Bank Holiday Long Weekend

Not snow but drifts of almond blossom.

There's always something interesting on the horizon on Symi.

The lizards are starting to wake up and are easy to photograph
because they are still sluggish in the low temperatures.

As I was walking down the Kali Strata this morning I was passed by a woman heading upwards who I know to be well into her eighties.  If she can tackle the Kali Strata steps, so can I ...

This is for Symi regulars who might find it hard to imagine what 
one of the island's most well known summer watering holes looks like when it is closed.

The new stone flags are ready for paving the waterfront road round Yialos.

It is a clear dry day on Symi and we are all making the most of the day. The children came out of school early today and are down in Yialos, practicing their marching. The unsettled weather that has been hovering over Italy all week is heading East and the Ionian has already experienced heavy rain and flooding so we can expect more showers over the rest of Greece during the next few days. Temperatures are expected to drop all over Greece and snow is forecast for many areas for the Clean Monday bank holiday. As Clean Monday and Dodecanese Day coincide this year, Symi’s annual Dodecanese Day parade has been deferred until Tuesday. Meanwhile the children’s Carnival parade which was originally scheduled for Sunday has now been brought forward to Saturday to avoid the anticipated bad weather.   Fortunately as Symi is a very small place with a very efficient municipal loud speaker system, announcing these changes is quite quick and easy.

Another piece of news that may be of interest to readers is that Olympic Air has made changes to its schedules, dropping routes to London, Paris, Brussels and Vienna and introducing new ones to Bucharest and several other Balkan destinations. For information please see our travel blog and also ekathimerini.com  This comes as they contest the EU's decision to block the merger of Aegean Airways and Olympic Air for reasons of monopoly.

Have a good weekend.



Paul W –   – (Sunday, March 06, 2011)  

Ir really is difficult to imagine anything but hot scorching sun on Symi.

Still have distant memories of a boat ride on Colossus and a lunch of green bean salad and cold beer.

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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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