The Small Island of Symi

Almond Blossom in Chorio
Today’s blog from Symi starts with the sad news of the untimely passing of Gabriella Gaze.  We will all miss her.  In her short life she added greatly to the sum of human happiness with her bright smile, delectable cakes and winning ways with small children.  In a small tightly knit community such as Symi we share each others sorrows as well as joys and the sense of loss is profound.  Fortunately, however, the same strong sense of community will help the bereaved to cope in the long term, for such is the way of life on the small  island of Symi.

There is a brief lull in the stormy weather that has battered Symi all week and the rain has finally stopped.  It is a bright clear day with a cold dry north wind and walking down to work this morning there was plenty of washing hanging over the balconies of Chorio.  More rain is expected from Monday so everyone is working hard to make the most of the dry sunny weather.  The Blue Star ferry from Pireaus passed through yesterday, bringing fresh produce to the island in the form of a truck laden with cabbages, cauliflowers and oranges.  The first tentative wild flowers are appearing in the Pedi Valley in the form of small white daisies and shy cyclamens.  

Here are some pictures taken around Symi  to give you an idea of how the island looks on a sunny winter’s day.

Have a good weekend.


Anonymous –   – (Saturday, February 11, 2012)  

Dear Adriana. Every time I see your good writings and beautiful photos my longing for Symi is swelling.
Fortunately I already bought my september summer visit to the world of Symi: Yalos, Chorió, Pedi, Stavros tou Polemou (Day of the Cross), Panormitis, Marathounda, Nanou, people I know - and the many inspiring Icons.
Best regards from old Arne i Denmark ;-)

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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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