The Island is Getting Busier

 The sun is shining and the sky is blue, interrupted only by the occasional fluffy white cloud.  A gentle breeze is riffling the water in Yialos and the sounds of happy conversation and the clink of glasses and coffee cups drifts up through my office window from Pachos Kafeneion below.  The excursion boats from Rhodes have arrived, bringing visitors from many lands.  As the old traditional tourist markets from Britain, Germany and the West dwindle, new ones from Eastern Europe and Asia are opening up and there is no knowing what languages and nationalities each day will bring.  Symi is an increasingly multicultural destination and the waterfront tavernas and cafes are increasingly putting up their menus in Polish, Russian and other languages.

The figs are ripening in the sun.

The Windmill restaurant in Chorio should be opening soon now that the weather is settling down.

Time to air blankets and pack them away for the summer.

More and more businesses are opening up by the day and the island is getting busier, with more things going on.  Water taxis are now running, although not all beach facilities are available yet.  Apparently Agia Marina will be opening tomorrow.  Visitors arriving on Symi this week to stay on the island may be interested to know that there will be a street party in Chorio this Sunday for the British Monarch’s Jubilee.  As usual this will be in aid of  local charities.  Anyone interested in participating or attending should contact Tina and Jenine at the Olive Tree, in the lane opposite the Hotel Fiona in Chorio.

Tonight there will be the usual wine night at the Symi Dream gallery.  For those of you who have not been to Symi before, every Monday evening during the summer the gallery above the Symi Dream shop is open for visitors in an atmosphere of wine and conviviality.  Those staying in the harbour often use this as an excuse to go up to Chorio for dinner afterwards.

Have a good week.


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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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