Flowers and Ferry Boats

Springtime on Symi is the loveliest time of the year and most of the people on Symi are out and about, enjoying the sunshine and preparing for the summer season.  Shop fronts are being painted, including the fa├žade of Symi Visitor Accommodation and the Sunflower Laundry.  While in Chorio springtime is the scent of flowers, down in Yialos it is the smell of wet paint, coffee and grilled octopus.  Tavernas have their tables and chairs out, ready to receive the daily arrivals from Rhodes.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, some of the businesses on Symi have moved premises.  Symi Flower is now happily settled in the lane opposite Antoniades, the hardware store.  Siroco has expanded its premises next to Merakles. The Stani Cake Shop has moved to next door to us in the lane.  Kiara Luna that used to be at the back of the square, by the Niraida Restaurant, is moving into the same lane as Symi Tours, as has Symi Spacephone, the mobile phone shop that used to be by the Aktaion.  No doubt there will be more changes apparent in the harbour as Symi opens up for the season and there will be new places for visitors to explore.

On the ferry scene, the Blue Star Naxos passed through Symi this morning, en route to Rhodes and Kastellorizo, bringing island hoppers from Nissyros into our office in search of help and advice.  The Panagia Skiadeni has come in on a special trip from Rhodes and the Dodecanese Express has just tied up alongside.  Tourists are strolling past below my window, eating ice creams.
Have a good weekend.


Symi Flower in Spring mode.

Freshly painted and ready to launch

Symi cats have an affinity for Symi bikes

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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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