Moody Weather

After a week of extremely cold weather on Symi temperatures will start to creep up into double digits from tomorrow, helped by calm conditions as the gale force winds have finally abated. Much of Greece has had snowfall, as has neighbouring Turkey. In this photograph, which I took from the Kali Strata this morning, one can see snow on the hills behind Datca, an unusual occurrence indeed. The long range forecast shows temperatures ranging from 17 degrees at midday to 11 degrees at night which, although a bit on the low side for this time of the year, often prove to be warmer than that in reality. All one needs is to be on the south facing side of the harbour which is why Elpida’s has traditionally been such a popular winter cafeneion.

The shipping news is that the Proteus comes back into service on Monday. Unfortunately once again the schedule is a bit of a teaser because it only goes as far as 2 April and there is still no sign of life from the Symi II. There is not much happening on the other excursion boats in Rhodes either. Sue Grzebisz took this photograph of the Nikolaos in Mandraki last week, while on her enforced sojourn in Rhodes en route from England to Symi due to the lack of ferries. As you can see, the crew live on board in the winter.

One advantage of the moody weather we have on Symi at this time of the year is the photographic opportunities for those in the right place at the right time. Ged Horton took these in Nimborio a few weeks ago. A far cry from the sunshine and blue skies normally associated with this popular summer resort but beautiful nonetheless.

Thank you for all the emails concerning the health of our webcam.  The external cables suffered in the winter storms and as soon as a replacement cable arrives, ferries permitting of course, we should be back on the air.

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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