Amazing Visibility

7.30 in the morning and the sun is only just catching the houses on the Kastro.

Light and shade on the Milos.

The weekend's winds have blown the haze away and visibility is wonderful.  This is a shot of the village Wendy, Barry, Sue and Mike walked up to last weekend, above the top of Pedi bay, photographed from the roof of my house at the top of the Pedi valley, several kilometres away, using a not very sophisticated camera.

Two kittens heading up the Kali Strata.  

The Dodecanese Seaways catamaran coming into Yialos this morning.  Yes, the sea really is that blue today!

It's never too late in the season for fouled anchors in Yialos.
Strong winds came out of nowhere at the weekend causing minor ferry disruptions and bringing a sharp drop in temperatures and amazing visibility.  The weather remains unsettled and there is the possibility of thunderstorms and rain later in the week.  The weather forecasts at this time of the year are not very reliable as fronts come through quickly and can pass to the north or the south of us or straight over us and the clash between the cold air coming down from Europe and Russia and the warm air from North Africa spawn storms too.

The Symi bus is still out of commission and is in Rhodes, awaiting repair.  Fortunately it is a bit cooler now so having to toil up the Kali Strata is not as much of a chore as it would be during the summer months.

The Symi and Nikolaos day trip boats from Rhodes are still coming over on a daily basis although there are fewer people about.  The tourist shops around Yialos are starting to pack up or are only open for a few hours a day when the boats are in as it is not worth sitting about for hours when there is not a soul to be seen.  In another 10 days the only places open will be the essential ones used by the locals for the winter. Symi is slipping into sleepy off season mode.

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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