Colourful Symi

Pedi Bay as seen from the top of the Pedi Valley on Sunday.
There was no wind for sailing so that large gulet is motoring past the entrance of the bay in the direction of St George's Bay.  The water taxi from St Nicholas to Agia Marina is just identifiable by its white wake in the middle of the entrance to the bay. The valley is still quite green as the dust of summer is only just starting to settle.

The grapes are swelling on the vines that shade courtyards throughout Greece.
Fresh leaves for dolmades too.

June is the month for Oleanders.
Indigenous to the Mediterranean, pikrodaphne as the Greeks call them flourish in the wild in dry water courses, riverbeds and rough verges.  The road from Yialos to Chorio is lined with them and they are a glorious sight in early summer.  These were photographed in Lieni.

This lonely inflatable water wing found a prickly resting place among caper thorns and nail-ridden timbers outside a ruined house on the Kali Strata.  Probably blown off a balcony somewhere, I hope the child who lost it finds it again before it is too late.

Plumbago is a South African import that has made itself very much at home under Greek skies.

The old baklava shop on the Kali Strata, behind the Old Markets Boutique Hotel, has had a facelift recently.  It is no longer open for business but occasionally the old doors to the shop downstairs are open and one can see the old display cases.  Those are pebbles and shells on the top of the railing.

Have a good week.


Richard  – (Monday, June 11, 2012)  

The vine leaves for dolmades are the things I miss the most from our allotment days.

Sahildeki Ev  – (Thursday, June 21, 2012)  

Symı is always infront of me but never found a blogger there. LOVE your blog and hello from Datca...

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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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