Soaking Up Sunshine

Butterflies dancing around a haystack in the Pedi valley.

The first heatwave of the summer has arrived and Symi is soaking up sunshine. Temperatures are now well over 30 degrees at midday and the air is hazy with heat and dust. Evenings are warm and it is a relief to sit out of doors, enjoying the last of the light.

The Dodecanese Seaways catamaran on her maiden voyage to Datca.  Old hands will recognise the twin masts of the Poseidon over on the other side of the bay.

The Ultimate Cat - a marble replica of the Lion of Knidos looks on benignly.

I went to Datca on Saturday on the new Dodecanese Seaways catamaran service which is scheduled to run every Saturday during the season. Due to teething problems with the bureaucratic procedure the boat was very late leaving Symi which did not leave much time for shopping and sightseeing in Datca but presumably these problems will be ironed out with practice. The ferry was very full as it had been booked for a group excursion by the Politikos Syllogos Musulmanon Rhodes, in other words, by Rhodes’ not inconsiderable Turkish community. We were greeted with flower sellers, photographers and more bureaucracy at the Datca side and when the time came to depart, there was a small crowd of people waving good bye on the dock. When the group leader announced that there would be a similar excursion from Rhodes to Datca on 11 June a cheer went up.

This grape vine in Chorio is making a break for freedom.

The island is slowly opening up. With every day that passes there are more places open for business and the island is definitely getting busier. Nationalities we ourselves have hosted at Symi Visitor Accommodation recently include South African, British, Australian, Belgian, German, Turkish, French and American. Webcam watchers will have plenty to see as the number of yachts increases and there is more activity in the harbour in the evenings.

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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