June Postcards from Symi

Yialos at 7 in the morning and people are already on the move, hauling boats, mending nets and planning the day in the numerous waterfront kafeneions.

Gyros is still astonishingly good value for money.  As you can see, the menus are changing languages to match the changing demographic of the daytrippers from Rhodes.

Greek school children are burdened with a vast amount of homework and it is not unusual to see small children staggering along to school under massive backpacks and rucksacks.

One of the two massive anchors on the waterfront outside my office.

Flags flying on the bridge in Yialos.

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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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