The Joys of the Greek Summer

Villa Wookie, centre, as seen through the garden of the Sevasti Studios in Chorio.

One of the joys of the Greek summer is sweet ripe tomatoes, fresh from the vine.

I wonder where this Maltese yacht is heading so early in the morning.

I spotted this little tableau on my walk to work recently.
A toy boat and flippers.  Symbols of summer.

Symi is filling up steadily.  The summer holidays have started in most of Europe and the Greek islands have always been a popular destination.  Reliable sunshine, clean air, clear water, beautiful surroundings, friendly people and all the intimate charm and romance of small island life.  What more could one want?  Symi in particular is very much like living in toyland. The pretty little houses, the sense of majestic scenery in miniature, the excitement of arriving and departing by ferry and going to the beach by boat.  It is irresistible, particularly to visitors who live in cities or commute to work.  The beaches are busy by day and the cafes are bustling in the evenings.  Now that school is out, children can stay up late and play with their friends in the street until long after the stars come out.

Have a good week.


Richard  – (Monday, July 23, 2012)  

I thought that flipper was a penguin but then penguins have fliipers as well.

Anonymous –   – (Tuesday, July 24, 2012)  

Dear Adriana.
When reading your words:
"Reliable sunshine, clean air, clear water, beautiful surroundings, friendly people and all the intimate charm and romance of small island life. What more could one want?"
I do very much agree, but for me Symi has much more!
For example the virgin forest in the midle of the island, history all the way back to the Trojan War, temples for Apollo and Artemis on the local Akro-polis, the idea of neoclassicism as seen in the shape of most of the hoses and the orthodox Christianity with its Icons where an ultrashort introduction might be interesting for not so few tourists..
For me this is heartendingly, and it is a pity, I think, that tourists have so little opportunity to discover all this.
Best greetings Arne, Denmark ;-).

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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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