Postcard Pretty

It is a bright sunny day on Symi. The water boat has been sitting in the harbour since early this morning, slowly rising up out of the sea as it tops up Symi’s reservoirs. Yachts and Turkish gulets are coming and going. The water taxis are busy. The day trippers from the excursion boats are buying sun hats and eating ice creams. It is a typical summer’s day on the small Dodecanese island of Symi and a far cry from the ‘Indignant’ protesters camping out in Syntagma Square, Athens. Unfortunately, however, Symi may experience a ripple effect from the General Strike which the main trades unions have called for Wednesday 15 June. At the moment it is uncertain from the various different sources whether air traffic controllers will be on a 24 hour strike from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday or just 4 hours, from 12 noon to 16.00 on the 15th, but anyone travelling that day is advised to check with their airline and to notify whoever you have booked your accommodation with of your revised flight details. That way overnight accommodation in Rhodes can be organized ahead of time if required. We also know from past experience that the air traffic controllers may well opt out of the strike at the last minute too in which case flights will run as normal. We will put up any specific information that we receive on this blog and also on our Facebook page.

While the Greek economy may be turbulent, the weather forecast for Symi is quite settled with plenty of sunny days ahead. The oleanders are in full bloom along the motor road that connects Yialos with Chorio and Pedi, a bright ribbon of pink and white zigzagging over the hill. The bougainvilleas and plumbagos are postcard pretty, tumbling over courtyard walls and the grape vines are flowering.

Here are some Symi views to brighten your day if your next visit to Symi is a while away.

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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