Sunny and Calm

Today's whimsical photographs of a windmill in Chorio are by Nicholas Shum.  
The decorator potential of the humble prickly pear is not to be underestimated.

Yialos remains unseasonably quiet as the ferry crisis continues.  Once the overnighting yachts and gulets have untangled their anchors and departed and the excursion boats and water taxis have headed out for the day Yialos is deserted.  The Dodecanese Seaways catamaran came in at 12 noon with a group of day trippers and the Discovery has also come over from Rhodes but it is a far cry from the normal day tripper trade at this time of the year.  For up dates on the ferry situation, please see Andy’s travel blog.

There are, however, plenty of visitors staying on the island at the moment as the traditional Symi regulars have arrived and are renewing their acquaintanceship with the excursion boats, tavernas and favourite watering holes.  British, Scandinavian and German visitors dominate at this time of the year with a few Spaniards and Americans thrown in to enliven the mix.  They spend their days on the water or at the beach and their evenings convivially but can do little to alleviate the plight of the daytime tourist shops around the harbour.  Anyone who has been coming here for 20 years or more has already bought every Symi souvenir they ever wanted and is more likely to be focusing on filling the memory bank at Agios Emilianos than buying knickknacks.

The weather remains sunny and calm with a slight possibility of thundershowers in the early part of next week.  Midday temperatures are still in the thirties, dropping to the mid twenties in the evening.  It is still not cool enough to warrant shawls in the evening but long sleeves do help to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

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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