Bright Monday

The week after Greek Easter is called Bright Week and Bright Monday was all that one could wish for - sunny and calm after the strong winds and heavy rain of Good Friday and Easter Saturday.  It was such a lovely day that I thought I would share my walk down the Kali Strata with you.

Usually when I stop at this corner on the Kali Strata in high summer it is to photograph cruise ships, mega yachts and gulets. This time I stopped to photograph this tangle of daisies bursting through a homely gate of reinforcing rod and minium (the red primer that Greeks use to undercoat everything from boats to houses.)

A few foreign yachts came in for Easter.  Yialos is so empty at the moment that there was space for these boats to tie up alongside instead of wrestling with anchors in Symi's notoriously deep harbour.  As you can see, there are tables and chairs set out at Katerinettes and other waterfront places but the shops were closed. This view was taken through a gap in the buildings on the Kali Strata.

Looking down the Kali Strata steps.
The daisies and wild flowers still dominate, topped up by the recent rain, but they will be gone in a few weeks.

This ruin near the bottom of the Kali Strata fascinates me.
That little curl of wrought iron is a window latch for a window that has long since become open sky.

The Old Markets Hotel has yet to come out of winter hibernation.
 With its open terrace and al fresco design  it has to wait until the last of the rain is definitely over.

And finally, a flock of goats near the unfinished sports complex in Chorio.  There are far fewer goats on the island than there used to be and this flock is an unusual sight.  They are properly tagged and have collars and bells so obviously properly looked after.

Even as I post this blog the sunny weather is turning once again to strong winds and thunder showers and there are gale warnings in effect.  The Mediterranean Basin is the point where the cold air of Europe meets the warm air of Africa as spring reaches North Africa far sooner than it does continental Europe and some years April can be particularly stormy.  Looking at the long range forecast it does seem, however, that after this next blow all should be calm and sunny for a while.

Have a good week.


freddo41  – (Wednesday, April 18, 2012)  

It must be at least 25 years ago when I spent a night in Symi, having made the short trip from Rhodes. But I will, I WILL return!
In the meantime I simply want to say how much I enjoy your blog. The photos, the commentary, the weather reports, I can't praise it enough.
Thank you!

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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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