An Exotic and Cosmopolitan Air

An unusually empty quay - a cruise ship was expected in so all the gulets had to depart early.  Those little boats visible to the right of the clock tower are available to hire by the day.

 A more typical view at this time of the year.

I wonder who owns this one.  It looks as though one could land a helicopter in the stern.

 A French boutique cruise ship, Le Boleal, visited Symi earlier this week. There was also a much larger cruise ship in yesterday but that had to anchor off Nimborio with the guests ferried ashore in little orange lighters, so I never did find out which one it was.

The train is proving very popular.  Apart from transporting tourists it also takes the children out to Nimborio for their swimming lessons!

The horse and carriage are the elegant alternative to the train.

Elpida's traditional cafeneion and the colourful tourist shops next door.

A quiet moment among the fishing boats.
High season is well under way and every boat and ferry brings more people to the island.  Every language and ethnicity you could imagine seems to be on Symi at this time of the year and the island has an exotic and cosmopolitan air.  Gulets, yachts, megayachts, cruise ships and ferries, all coming and going at all hours, Yialos and Harani are at their busiest in July and August.

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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