Glorious Out in the Sunshine

April showers are still lingering over our corner of the Aegean and Symi had a few useful millimeters yesterday evening. The wild flower display continues unabated and early season visitors to the island are enjoying the show. Although temperatures in Rhodes are still below 20 degrees, Symi, sheltered from the northerly winds by the protective coast of Asia Minor is a bit of a suntrap and it is glorious out in the sunshine.

In all the years I have lived here I don't think I have ever seen
the upstairs shutters on this Kali Strata building open.
Note the flag pole for national holidays and celebrations.

Territorial markings in whitewash.

The Dodecanese Seaways catamaran is doing a daytrip from Rhodes today so there are quite a few people about, sunning themselves on the waterfront benches. The kiosks have set up their ice cream fridges for the summer although many of the kiosk holders are still passing the time playing tavli (backgammon) with friends or chatting on Facebook. Social networking sites have really taken off in Greece. With trade slack in a land of small businesses, bored shopkeepers pass the time on line in what amounts to a virtual kafeneion while waiting for the next customer to appear. The laptop has taken over from the television or radio as a means of keeping abreast of current affairs, with the added advantage that one can easily – and cheaply – keep in touch with diaspora relatives in Sydney or London. Speaking of kafeneions, the doors to my balcony are open and I can hear American, Russian, Italian and French voices rising from Pachos kafeneion downstairs, in addition to the usual Greek ones. The first foreign visitors of the season.

Kali Strata ruins to inspire dreams.

A typical wrought iron balcony on the Kali Strata.  The circles would have held clay pots.

Have a good weekend.


Annuk  – (Friday, April 08, 2011)  

Such a beautiful blog, Adriana!!! I'm so glad I discovered it!
I love Symi and I will sure come for a visit in the summer. For the time being, I'll have a short visit to Rhodes next week... just for a week this time, but planning for more in the summer :)!
The Aegean and Dodecanese are my endless inspiration for my jewelry when I'm far away!
Thank you for this wonderful blog!
Regards from Torino, Italy

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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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