Summer Postcards from Symi

This little boat in the Pedi valley has not seen the sea for several years now.

Sunrise over Pedi.
The trees in the foreground are mainly kermes oaks, sometimes called holly oaks, and provide a welcome green belt in the heat of summer when the hillsides have turned to dusty gold.

From the same vantage point as the previous photograph but looking across the valley.
That is the Taxiarchis Hotel partially masked by the chapel bell tower.  Other places in the picture include the Chorio Hotel, the Little Blue House, Olympic Holidays' Anastasia apartments, our own Zoe's apartments, popular watering hole the Sunrise Cafe and the new Hidden Courtyard bar.

The morning rush hour in Yialos, Symi's main port - water taxis heading for the beach.
The one in the foreground has just returned empty and will dock to fill up again.

The Blue Star ferry, Diagoras, coming in at 8.15 on Tuesday morning.
This has been amazingly punctual this year.

Later in the day - a yacht weaving its way through the bows of the Panagia Skiadeni, the Symi, the Proteus and the Dodecanese Express.

Yachts and gulets overnighting outside the police station and clock tower. That is a little row of hire boats with Harani and the Odyssea apartments in the background.

One of the routes down from Chorio to Yialos.

I wonder who is on the mega yacht.  According to various media reports, Greece in general has been well supported by various Hollywood stars and other celebrities this year, including Bradgelina, John Travolta and Shakira.

And finally, a small detail from a roof in the harbour.
One of the few remaining Turkish style roofs left on the island. This belongs to Chrysalis, a delightful little boutique at the bottom of the Kali Strata.
I hope you have enjoyed these photographs from Symi, a small island in the Dodecanese, Greece.

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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