Symi is as Beautiful as Ever

Deserted at 8 a.m, on a Monday evening these steps are thronged with people attending the Symi Dream Gallery wine night.   This is the upper section of the Kali Strata, the 'home run' as it were.  When one gets this far on the climb up from the town one knows that cool refreshments under shady vines are not far away.

Yialos and Harani as seen from Pitini.  The church on the hill to the right is Evangelismos, the church of the Annunciation.  On the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March and again for the Dormition on 15 August the access to this church is lined with burning braziers.

I wonder what stories this little cottage in Pitini could tell.  All the houses round and about have been rebuilt and restored over the years but this tiny cottage remains untouched.

Harani from a slightly different angle.  The Nireus Hotel, Sofia's House, Sofia's apartment, the Marika Hotel, the Aliki Hotel and Vaporetto restaurant and Despina's apartment are all along the left hand shore.  Villa Nicola, Villa Karnayo, the Kostas Kleanthi studios and various small cafes are along the facing shore, culminating in NOS beach at the start to the road to Nimborio.

Yialos, Symi's famous amphitheatre harbour.
The houses are ranged in tiers up the cliffs and hills that frame the harbour and in this part of Symi it is very difficult to avoid steep steps and still have a view.  The view is, however, always worth the climb.

The police station and the Nireus hotel dwarfed by the masts of big Turkish gulets moored by the clock tower.  The area to the right is Harani. The area to the left is Yialos proper but that particular stretch of the water front is also known as the Mouragio.
As you can see, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and Symi is as beautiful as ever.

Have a good weekend.


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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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