Nowhere on Symi is Really Very Far Away

One bell tower at Agios Elefterios church in Chorio had a complete facelift this winter with all new plaster, mouldings and paintwork.  The other will have to wait a while.  The churches are privately maintained by families and as the recession bites there is less money available to spend on maintenance.

Waiting for the Blue Star at the clock tower on Wednesday morning. 

In high summer the masts of some of the sailing yachts that come through Symi are so tall that they have red lights on top, warning low flying aircraft - and those nifty little helicopters that the big power yachts so often carry.

One of my free range hens hatched 8 chicks this week.  Unfortunately the first one out of the egg was pounced upon by a cat so mother and the rest of the clutch were relocated to a dog box in an enclosed shade house, well away from speculatively salivating felines. This photograph was taken after the next three had emerged and dried off.

Symi's acropolis, referred to as the kastro as there used to be castle on top, is flood lit at night in the summer.  The last significant portion of the castle was destroyed by the retreating Germans during the Second World War as they had been using it as a munitions store, but there are still bits of the old walls the Knights of St John built and several churches have been built on the summit.

Beach towels drying on a balcony on the Kali Strata.

Anatolian sunrise, as seen from an olive grove in Lieni.  If anyone of the photo buffs can tell me how to improve my sunrise/sunset photos, please email me.  Thank you :-)

Fishing boats in Yialos with the head of the harbour in the background. 
You can see our office, Symi Visitor Accommodation, above the Sunflower laundry as well as Pachos kafeneion,various tourist shops and cafes, the water taxis to the beaches, the Poseidon and Diagoras excursion boats and the Lemonitissa church presiding over it all, on the north face of the acropolis.  The little white blob on the skyline is the island's telephone station on the road to Panormitis.  Nowhere on Symi is really very far away - it just seems that way in the heat.

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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