September Symi Sunshine

The clouds are back!

Clouds over the hilly peninsula that separates Pedi bay and the Pedi valley from Yialos, Symi's main harbour.

Some spectacular thistles in the Pedi Valley - all that is left after the long summer drought.

The cars were dripping dew this morning - a sure sign that the weather is turning and the nights growing cooler.

The last steps of the Kali Strata before one reaches the Syllogos Square in Chorio.  Next year this view will be slightly different as sadly the Symi Dream shop is closing at the end of October, victim to changing times.  Neil and James will, however, remain on the island and will no doubt reinvent themselves in a new venture, as yet to be announced.  For many regular visitors to Symi this marks the end of an era of wine nights on the steps and shopping for books, calendars and unique cards.

It may be September but the megayachts are still in evidence and there is still the possibility of some celebrity spotting!

Few plants can survive the harsh conditions of the Symi summer drought but this Virginia creeper on a house just above the Kali Strata seems to have plans for global domination.  Perhaps it has its roots firmly in the rain water cistern!

Who needs a tumble drier when Symi sunshine is free?

The bright parasols are carried by tour group leaders from Rhodes.   Everyone looks out for the appropriate umbrella for the correct group and language.

Day trippers from Rhodes, listening to a talk about Symi's sponge diving history and wondering who has to carry the shopping up all those steps.

Visitors staying on the island don't need tour guides - they are on the water taxis outside our office, heading for the beaches.

Dino, the chandler opposite the entrance to the Symi Visitor Accommodation office in Yialos, always has a splendid collection of brightly coloured flags.  

A new month has started, as has a new week so the greetings are 'kalo mina!' and 'kalo ebdomada!' The weather remains hot and humid but the breeze is cooler and there was heavy dew last night.  The wet weather that is currently causing problems in Italy and the Adriatic is expected to reach mainland Greece in the next day or so.  We are just seeing random clouds.

Many familiar faces are arriving on the island and popping into our office to say 'hello'.  September has always been a popular month with Symi's regular visitors and this year proves to be no exception.

Have a good week.


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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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