Gentle Reflections

Much of Symi's shoreline is like this - sheer cliffs rather than sandy beaches.

 The moon is full and the equinox approaches so we should be battening down for gales but right now the weather on Symi is as calm as one might ever wish it.  Sharp shadows and gentle reflections are characteristic of the light at this time of the year.  Drenching dewfalls and slowly rising temperatures are turning the lanes and steps into magical mossy gardens with nodding poppies and droning bees at every turn.  The sun shone for the Dodecanese Day Parade on 7 March, a celebration of the Dodecanese Islands finally becoming a part of Modern Greece after the Second World War.  A timely reminder, perhaps, to the mainland, that these islands on the border with Turkey do have needs and rights as well as obligations.

Despite the interminable gloom in the media, spring is in the air and with it a spirit of optimism that is very characteristic of the Greeks.  The Symiots have seen the fortunes of their small island rise and fall many times over the centuries – indeed it is the legacy of ruined neo-classical mansions from the island’s late 19th century heyday as a sponge fishing centre that form the nucleus of Symi’s attraction as a tourist destination.  A people that has managed to carve a civilisation out of bare rocks and barren hillsides and is no stranger to hardship is not going to disappear under a barrage of negative media coverage.

Here are some photographs to whet the appetite.

Have a good week.


A good day for washing and drying cuddly toys on the Kali Strata.

Richard  – (Friday, March 09, 2012)  

Delighted to see that the cuddly toys are drying off.

Angie's Southern Kitchen  – (Wednesday, March 14, 2012)  

What lovely pictures....My husbands family is from the Island of Symi! He sent your link to his whole e-mail list today to visit your site. Which is a huge list. You do a wonderful job with your blog!! Thanks! We do enjoy your site!

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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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